JON Macken says hard work has got Witton Albion out of their losing rut.

They had fallen foul in four out of five games before Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Mossley took Macken’s men to three games without defeat.

The Albion manager admits they went through a tough patch but the wins against Nantwich Town and Hanley Town saw his side turn a corner.

“The mood’s good. It was a difficult period that we were going through but nobody’s going to help you out of it, you’ve got to do it yourself,” said Macken.

“That’s what we’ve been working on and we’ve all stuck together, all worked hard and we’ve had three or four good performances, three good results, so we’ve got to take that.”

A defensive mistake potentially cost them all three points in the Northern Premier League West encounter at Mossley after Matt Lowton had given them a 56th-minute lead from a set-piece.

“It’s disappointing because of the manner of the goal we conceded but we’ve also got to take it for what it is,” said Macken.

“A couple of weeks ago we might have folded then so to defend how we did and only concede the type of goal that it was, you’ve got to give the team a bit of credit.

“It was a battle with no real quality in the game apart from the free-kick. Lowton’s free-kick was a fantastic finish.

“Both teams tried to get the upper hand. At spells they had it, little spells in the game we had it as well.

“We came to a good team, strong and powerful, so to get a point I’m pleased with that.”