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Hyde hoping to put injury nightmare behind him and push on with Maidenhead United

JAKE Hyde, the man who rescued a draw for Maidenhead United with a last minute header on Saturday, admitted the Magpies clash against Macclesfield hadn’t been a ‘text-book’ encounter.

There was a lack of quality on show throughout Saturday’s 1-1 draw at York Road, but Ryan Lloyd’s opener from inside his own half was a bit special, as was the free-kick and finish from Hyde which salvaged a late draw.

Hyde has found his first team opportunities limited since he arrived from Stevenage Town in the summer, but, after two injury-plagued years, he is starting to find his feet again playing for the Magpies.

Having already nicked a late equaliser to earn the Magpies a point at Dover Athletic, he again saved his best for the very last on Saturday, stooping to head home Harry Pritchard’s cross.

“I felt we battled hard,” he said. “They scored an unbelievable goal and we had to battle really hard for our goal.

“Listen it wasn’t a textbook game, it was a little bit scruffy, but you’re going to get games like that in this league.

“We went to the end and luckily – although I felt like we were on top at the end – we got a result in the end and it would have been nice to come away with three points. We’re unbeaten in three now and we move on.”

Hyde was pleased to have scored the goal which rescued a draw for Maidenhead, and felt like it shows the character they have in the side.

But he also believes the Magpies are capable of beating every side they face in the National League, especially at home. He is also now ready to kick on and put his injury-plagued history behind him.

“I want us to win all our home games,” he said. “I’ve never gone into a game thinking we’re not going to win today.

“Before the game you want three points, but you’ve got to give them the respect they deserve. We’ve come back from losing and it shows the character we have in our side.”

He added: “It’s tough, it’s a different team, different way of playing football, a different league, so you have to adjust to all these things.

“But I feel fit and I’m working very hard. I’m waiting for a regular run of games. The manager is going to decide when that comes, but I’m doing everything I can away from the game, behind the scenes, to work as hard as I can.

“I feel my injuries are behind me and I’m ready to kick on.”

On Saturday’s opponents Wrexham, Hyde added: “I played at Wrexham a couple of times. It’s a nice little ground and it’s always nice to play in good stadiums. But yeah, we owe them one.

“They came here and won and not many teams do that so we’re looking forward to playing them.”

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