Arber: Practice makes perfect!

WHEN referee Oliver Langford pointed to the spot with barely seconds on the clock at Moss Rose, there was only one person who was going to take it.

by MIKE SIMMONDS

WHEN referee Oliver Langford pointed to the spot with barely seconds on the clock at Moss Rose, there was only one person who was going to take it.

After striker Paul Benson put last weekend's spot-kick against Bradford high and wide, skipper Mark Arber grabbed the ball before blasting it high into the net.

The centre back had honed his technique in training the previous week and thankfully for Daggers fans, practice made perfect.

"I took penalties in training in the week and scored six out of six," said Arber, who came third in a Post website poll to be the next Daggers penalty taker.

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"We had six keepers in training and I took one against each keeper and scored every one of them. If you hit it high enough, then the keeper doesn't have much of a chance.

"As captain, you have to step forward and take the bull by the horns. I wouldn't have wanted 'Greeny' (Danny Green) to take it, with the possibility of missing.

"It might have ruined him for a month or six weeks, but if I had missed, I would be man enough to take it on the chin."

Arber almost then won the match in added-on time, heading Green's free kick against the post.

"There wasn't any pace on the ball and I knew it was coming to me, but I had to wait and wait and make my own pace," he said.

"If it hit the other side if the post it would have gone in, but they hit the post on numerous occasion, so all in all they will be disappointed too."

Macclesfield struck the woodwork four times before moving into a 2-0 lead, but Daggers have proved time and time again that they possess a tremendous team spirit.

Even with 10 men, they didn't give up and Arber believes the significance of the point will only been known at the end of the season.

Brilliant

"It could be a massive point as we looked dead and buried, but we talk time and time again about the spirit of this club, and to a man we were absolutely brilliant," he said.

"We have come back from 2-0 behind with 10 men and could have won the game in the last minute.

"We had nothing to lose, 10 versus 11 can be very difficult and that was proved for long periods, but once the referee had given a penalty, we were hoping that he would give one at the other end."

And that he did, when Jon Nurse's goalbound shot was blocked by Paul Morgan's hand, and Arber dispatched the penalty before he was blatantly tripped by Ross Draper as he ran to celebrate.

"I think the referee couldn't control the game, after the first red card, from that moment on, the game was an absolute joke," he said.

"It was stop/start, someone fouled me and I got booked, it was lunacy, but you get those and the gaffer won't ever use that as an excuse."

Daggers' defence has looked solid on most occasions this season, but they lost a vital part of the back four this week when Scott Griffiths moved to Peterborough.

Arber was quick to pay tribute to the popular left back, but thinks manager John Still will find a replacement quickly.

"He was part of the back four week in week out since I've been here," said the captain.

Move

"The move has probably come a bit later than many people would have thought, but I know Peterborough, I live in the area, and it's a good move for him.

"He needed the step up, he was playing a level he was too good for, you could see that week in week out, and he'll be missed.

"Scott Doe played today, but I'm sure the gaffer has someone in mind already, but we'll be okay.

"I'm sure he'll keep in touch with the lads and have a bright future and I would like to wish Scotty the best luck on behalf of everyone at the club."

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