07:00PM, Wednesday 29 November 2017
SATURDAY’S 1-1 draw against Macclesfield Town was in Alan Devonshire’s words ‘an awful game’, but Jake Hyde’s late header rescued a point for the Magpies who once again showed they can never be written off.
United were trailing to a world class strike from inside his own half by Ryan Lloyd but dragged themselves level at the death through Jake Hyde’s diving header.
Devonshire wasn’t particularly impressed by the quality on show from his side, but couldn’t fault his players for their work-rate.
He was also keen to point out that the Magpies had lost just one of their last eight league games and were still very much on track for survival in the National League this season, having come through a really tough run of fixtures.
“Be fair it was an awful game,” Devonshire said. “It must not have been a very good game to watch. They’ve scored a worldie and we’ve then shown an awful lot of character to get back into the game without playing well.
“Listen, we’ll take that, we’ve got to 30 points so I’m delighted. We didn’t play very well but we’ve still drawn with a team that are third in the league so I’m happy with that.”
Town would have gone top of the National League table with victory at York Road, but the Magpies denied them that honour in a game that was bereft of clear cut chances. The Silkmen offered very little as an attacking force before Lloyd’s finish from inside his own half in the early stages of the second half. The Magpies looked like they’d be blunted by one of the division’s meanest defences but, just when it seemed they’d run out of ideas, Hyde came good with his second league goal for the club.
“I thought first 15 minutes we started off really well,” added Devonshire. “I thought, yeah, we’re at it today. But then we seemed to lose it a bit and went back in our shell. Second half to be fair I thought it was just an awful game.
“They’ve scored a worldie which gives them a big lift, but listen, we haven’t played well but we’ve got a point and I’m happy with that.
“We go again and we’ve got Wrexham away next week. That will be something to look forward to. It’s very tacky our pitch at the moment. We’ll have a go next week.”
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