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Macclesfield Town 1-1 Cheltenham Town

Cheltenham sacked manager Gary Johnson after their winless start to the League Two season continued at fellow strugglers Macclesfield.

Both sides chalked up their first point of the campaign, but the hosts spurned several chances to allow Cheltenham to take home a share of the spoils.

Danny Whitaker had put the Silkmen ahead with an excellent free-kick 19 minutes in.

However, he saw a 75th-minute penalty saved and Cheltenham substitute Manny Duku snatched a draw with five minutes left.

Veteran midfielder Whitaker pulled all the strings for the Silkmen and, although his team-mates were wasteful, he made no mistake when presented with a chance of his own.

Fouled by Ryan Broom a yard outside the penalty area he picked himself up to send the resulting free-kick in off the foot of Scott Flinders' post.

Macclesfield should have been home and hosed by half-time but Harry Smith and Scott Wilson failed to make the most of their openings.

Whitaker had a chance to double his tally when Will Boyle fouled Nathan Blissett in the box, but Flinders saved his spot-kick.

The Robins were far better in the second half but lacked the quality to trouble the Silkmen until Duku pounced late on.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Macclesfield

  • 1O'Hara
  • 19Pearson
  • 5Kelleher
  • 6Grimes
  • 3Fitzpatrick
  • 23Whitaker
  • 24Rose
  • 22ArthurSubstituted forNapaat 76'minutes
  • 13Blissett
  • 9WilsonSubstituted forWelch-Hayesat 66'minutes
  • 10SmithBooked at 81mins

Substitutes

  • 4Lowe
  • 8Marsh
  • 12Taylor
  • 14Welch-Hayes
  • 16Napa
  • 17Evans
  • 18Maycock

Cheltenham

  • 1Flinders
  • 23ForsterSubstituted forDukuat 59'minutes
  • 5Mullins
  • 15Boyle
  • 17DebayoSubstituted forHusseyat 54'minutes
  • 11Broom
  • 6AtanganaSubstituted forKalalaat 70'minutes
  • 7Thomas
  • 20Maddox
  • 16Addai
  • 10McAlinden

Substitutes

  • 3Hussey
  • 4Tozer
  • 8Dawson
  • 9Duku
  • 21Baldwin
  • 22Lovett
  • 24Kalala
Referee:
Paul Marsden
Attendance:
1,496

Match Stats

Home TeamMacclesfieldAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home13
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away9
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Macclesfield Town 1, Cheltenham Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Macclesfield Town 1, Cheltenham Town 1.

Foul by Nathan Blissett (Macclesfield Town).

Johnny Mullins (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Fiacre Kelleher.

Foul by David Fitzpatrick (Macclesfield Town).

Alex Addai (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Immanuelson Duku (Cheltenham Town).

Attempt blocked. Danny Whitaker (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Macclesfield Town 1, Cheltenham Town 1. Immanuelson Duku (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alex Addai.

Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by William Boyle.

Michael Rose (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam McAlinden (Cheltenham Town).

Booking

Liam McAlinden (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card.

Nathan Blissett (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Immanuelson Duku (Cheltenham Town).

Foul by Miles Welch-Hayes (Macclesfield Town).

Chris Hussey (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Harry Smith (Macclesfield Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high.

Fiacre Kelleher (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kalvin Kalala (Cheltenham Town).

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by David Fitzpatrick.

Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by Scott Flinders.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Malachi Napa replaces Koby Arthur.

Penalty saved! Danny Whitaker (Macclesfield Town) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Penalty Macclesfield Town. Nathan Blissett draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by William Boyle (Cheltenham Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

Danny Whitaker (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Immanuelson Duku (Cheltenham Town).

Attempt missed. Johnny Mullins (Cheltenham Town) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Fiacre Kelleher.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Jamie Grimes.

Michael Rose (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Conor Thomas (Cheltenham Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Kalvin Kalala replaces Nigel Atangana.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Kieran O'Hara.

Attempt saved. Alex Addai (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Harry Smith (Macclesfield Town).

Johnny Mullins (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Miles Welch-Hayes replaces Scott Wilson.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Exeter431082610
2Lincoln City431083510
3Colchester42209188
4Stevenage42206338
5MK Dons42204228
6Carlisle42116607
7Swindon4211910-17
8Newport421156-17
9Forest Green41306336
10Mansfield41306336
11Port Vale42025416
12Yeovil41216335
13Oldham41215415
14Tranmere41215505
15Grimsby412156-15
16Crewe411267-14
17Bury411234-14
18Crawley411246-24
19Cambridge411259-44
20Morecambe410319-83
21Northampton402246-22
22Cheltenham401314-31
23Macclesfield401349-51
24Notts County4013410-61
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