Frustration for Stevenage boss Maamria after late Macclesfield equaliser sees Boro drop points
PUBLISHED: 21:37 23 March 2019 | UPDATED: 21:37 23 March 2019
Stevenage boss Dino Maamria praised his side despite seeing them concede a 93rd minute equaliser in their 2-2 draw with Macclesfield Town at Moss Rose on Saturday.
Elliot Durrell put the home side infront with 42 minutes played before Ben Nugent equalised two minutes later.
Half-time substitute Danny Newton put Boro infront on 52 minutes after making his return from injury, but Danny Whitaker levelled in the 93rd minute for Sol Campbell’s relegation threatened Silkmen to snatch a point.
Maamria was pleased with his sides second-half display, but was left frustrated by the late equaliser.
“The first-half was scrappy. Two teams hesitant in difficult conditions,” he said.
“They were desperate to win, we needed to win and we cancelled each other out first-half.
“I made a change bringing on Newts, changed to 4-4-2 and let my team do what they do best, put the crosses in and get Ilias and Moses on the ball.
“We were much better in the second-half. We got the second goal, it was brilliant to have Danny Newton back and you saw what we’ve been missing.
“I’m just disappointed to draw with the last kick of the game. It feels like a loss.
“We went to a back three late on, they were putting a lot of balls into our box but I thought we dealt with them pretty well, until that last kick.
“The players are gutted, we all are, but we came away from here after giving everything we’ve got.”
Moses Makasi had a golden chance to make it 3-1 just minutes after Newton had put Stevenage ahead, but he scuffed his shot straight at Kieran O’Hara when one-on-one with the Macclesfield ‘keeper.
It’s a moment that could change the outcome of Boro’s season, with Maamria saying: “It was a season defining moment for us. Moses scores that chance, it goes to 3-1 and it’s game over.
“Exeter win the game with the last kick of the game against Notts County, we draw the game with the last kick of the game. Off the back of that you go from three points off the play-off to seven points off.
“That’s football. Difficult to take but we’ll move on.”