Macca - 'I Should Have Scored'

ALEX MacDonald pulled no punches in his assessment of the Pilgrims’ 1-0 defeat to Bradford City on Tuesday night.

“I should have scored,” said the 22-year-old forward, reflecting on his effort from a Nick Chadwick flick-on mid-way through the second half.

“I had a great chance. But I’m more worried if I’m not in those positions, getting those chances.

“It’s something that I’ll keep working hard on, keeping coming into training, keep doing all that I can.

“Tonight was the story of our season, really.

“We’ve come to a place like Bradford and put in a good performance.

“We knew that Saturday against Fleetwood wasn’t acceptable but tonight we played well, we battled.

“We did everything but score – myself included.

“But, I believe in my own ability and know that if a chance like that comes again, then I’ll back myself everyday to hit the back of the net.”

Tuesday was MacDonald’s first start since returning from compassionate leave following the death of his grandmother but Alex feel that the time off did him the world of good.

He said: “It was a time I needed off.

“On that Wednesday when my grandma passed, I don’t think I should have played [against Burton Albion] but I didn’t want to let anyone down.

“That will come with experience.

“Everyday I’m still learning my game under the manager and he told me that I didn’t have a choice about having time off. He said that I needed to be with my family and it’s done me the world of good.

“I’ve come back and I’ve benefitted from it.

“It all makes me a stronger person and makes me want to succeed on the pitch even more.”