Connolly Happy With Macc Move

  • March 01, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Mark Connolly admits the chance to play first-team football at Macclesfield Town was too good to turn down.

Connolly joined the League Two strugglers on loan last month and has helped the club to two successive draws after going nearly two months without a single league point.

The 20-year-old is captain of Bolton's reserve team but has yet to make a single senior appearance for the club and he believes his temporary stay at Moss Rose will help him to get to grips with the Football League.

"Macclesfield were struggling with a few injuries and I wanted to play," Connolly told BBC Radio Manchester.

"That was the main reason, to get out, play and to get a sniff of the first team here and see what it's like."

"The gaffer [Owen Coyle] told me just to get out and play league games.

"It's not just that it was 20 minutes away but it's a good club so I was happy to come.

"Gary Simpson just told me to 'come here, enjoy yourself and work hard' and he's been brilliant since I've come in and so have the lads.

"It was very easy [the decision to move] because we'd played Macclesfield a few times I knew what they were about.

"The three games, even in the Carling Cup, was a different class. That's why I was happy to come here and I knew that every lad I was coming to work with would work hard for you.

"The attitude the lads have, the commitment, the work-rate, the passion - they want to do well for the club and they want to do well for themselves.

"It's a lot different. You don't have as much time on the ball, you don't really have much time to take it down and play it.

"It's competitive, so when you're losing 1-0 in a reserve game it's not really as much that you'd push people on.

"I've come in the the last two games, we haven't had a point before, but now we're two points from two, which means we might get that bit of luck now which is all we need."

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