Macclesfield manager Brian Horton could not hide his frustration having seen his team depart Priestfield empty handed as Gillingham triumphed 2-0.

Second-half goals from Matt Fish and Chris Whelpdale gave a much needed fillip to the Gills' play-off push, but Macclesfield created the bulk of the chances in Kent with Matt Smith and Arnaud Mendy guilty of missing free headers.

And Horton maintains they need to start finding their clinical edge soon or face the consequences.

"It's frustrating to lose 2-0 when we created so many chances," he said. "The keeper has made a great save for them from Smithy from the corner but how many chances do we want? We counted six free headers which we have not scored from.

"The first goal I thought was there for the taking in the first half. The crowd were restless, they expected to turn us over easily.

"Second half was frustrating, I told the lads 0-0, keep it tight. Three minutes and they score. If you're going to let people run at you then you've got a problem. Results seem to have gone against us because it looks like Dagenham have won as well, so it's looking like it could be between three teams now.

"It's pointless looking at the table, we don't do it now, because you can only do it ourselves. It's not lack of trying, I think the players are giving it everything they've got, but one little mistake is so costly.

"I've told the players that if we score first one day we'll really take a team because as you can see it's not like we're struggling to create chances."

Gillingham meanwhile recovered from their surprise midweek defeat to Burton to move to within four points of seventh place, and manager Andy Hessenthaler said: "I'm very pleased with the win, it gives us a real chance of getting the play-offs.

"Look at what a difference one week makes. Anything can happen in football and we're back in with a shout again, the pressure is on other teams as well as we're the only team in that top eight who got a result I think."