“Changing room will keep being positive” – Macca

Daryl McMahon was disappointed not to take all three points from the Kuflink Stadium clash against Maidstone United as he saw his side concede an equaliser with 15 minutes left.

“I’m disappointed we didn’t hold on to it,” he told BBC Radio Kent’s Charles Webster. “It was quite a good game, played in a good spirit and we probably had the better of the chances.. or better of the play anyway, especially in the first half. Nathan didn’t have too many saves to make, he came and caught a couple of crosses.”

Fleet kept top scorer Blair Turgott quiet but Will De Havilland became only the third member of Maidstone’s current squad to get his name on the scoresheet in the league this season.

“We defended well against him [Turgott],” McMahon said. “He’s a very good player. He’s got nine of their 13 goals so far this season so he’s a big player for them. We limited him to very little. [Jack Payne] was very good tonight, Whitely again and the back four was decent. We’ve grown from Saturday, we had a good performance then, and I think we’ve put in a decent one again tonight, we have to keep building on what we’re doing.

“It’s two games unbeaten [in the league]. I’d rather it was a win tonight obviously going into Saturday against Barrow. We’ve climbed one place in the table and we’ve got to keep on looking forward, keep climbing and keep being positive – and the changing room will, it definitely will. It’s not to celebrate [a point]. Going from Saturday with the long trip, which is not easy going to Salford, it took a lot of energy out of the players’ legs with the performance we put on.”

Tired legs saw Luke Coulson substituted late in the game while injured duo Andy Drury and Dean Rance could be back in contention for Saturday’s visit of Barrow.

“Couls had a little bit of cramp, that’s why he’s come off. He’s put in a real shift tonight and a real shift on Saturday at Salford as well so we’ve got to protect him. Andy Drury’s got a calf injury and would have played tonight if he was fit. We hope he and Rancey are fit, we hope to have both of them back for Saturday – a big plus for us if we do.”

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