MACCLESFIELD Town head coach Daryl McMahon felt it was the wrong decision to disallow Fiacre Kelleher’s stoppage-time effort for his side against Colchester United.

The Silkmen thought that they had grabbed a dramatic late winner to grab all three points against the U’s at Moss Rose, after the former Celtic youngster headed in a corner from close range.

However, Kelleher was penalised for a foul on Colchester keeper Dean Gerken and the effort was disallowed, meaning the sides had to settle for a 1-1 draw.

McMahon told the Macclesfield website: “I think the ‘goal’ at the end is a goal from first viewing, although I haven’t seen it again.

“He (Kelleher) didn’t smash into the goalkeeper; he just jumped above him.

“It’s frustrating because I genuinely feel that if Kells (Kelleher) is jumping with an outfield player, it would have been a goal.

“I don’t think he put his arm across the goalkeeper, as he had his arms by his side.

“I don’t think it’s a foul - goalkeepers are heavily protected but I just felt it was a goal.”

Macclesfield took a 13th-minute lead through Emmanuel Osadebe but Theo Robinson equalised, in first-half stoppage-time.

“Theo Robinson is one of the best performers at this level,” said McMahon.

“He’s a very good player and I took him on his coaching course, this summer.

“He’s a good lad and a good player but from our point of view, I thought they got in behind us too many times on our left-hand side.

“They brought on (Courtney) Senior who’s one of the best players in the division.

“He’s definitely their best player for me and I thought he was an influence on the game.

“We tried to block up the pathways he was playing in and that was the thinking behind that.

“I felt we had the best chances in the game.

“We could have been three up in the first half, if I’m being honest.

“We conceded a sloppy goal just before half-time but it was a very, very good performance from us.

“In the last game or two, we haven’t really been showing what we’re about for me.

“I thought we went on the front foot from the off and got after Colchester.

“We felt that they might have an emotional hangover from their win over Tottenham and I think that was probably the case.

“I think we got amongst them – we started really brightly and moved the ball really well.”