Macclesfield Town need to put things right against Blackpool, says manager Mark Yates

Macclesfield boss Mark Yates
Macclesfield boss Mark Yates

Macclesfield Town boss Mark Yates has suggested tomorrow night's EFL Trophy clash against Blackpool takes on extra significance because of his side's heavy defeat at the weekend.

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The Seasiders travel to Moss Rose on Tuesday night to play their opening Group B fixture against the League Two side.

Macclesfield, who won the National League last season, have struggled so far and are without a league win.

They suffered a 3-0 defeat at local rivals Crewe Alexandra on Saturday - a result Yates says puts more pressure on them for their clash against Blackpool.

He said: “It’s not about talking. We’ve drawn a line under it now and we’ve had a good chat. Things were said.

“Everybody knows that it wasn’t good enough, particularly first half, for a local derby.

“So we’ve put ourselves under a little bit of pressure and we’ve got to get ready for Tuesday’s game and make sure we put in a performance that we want to be about.

“It’s our next game, so it matters.

“It would have been nice to come to Crewe, get a result like we had planned and like we were hoping for, then we had a plan for Tuesday.

“But I think we seriously need to just worry about our next game at the moment and worry about putting certain things into practice and putting things right.”