The Silkmen travel to Gresty Road as we prepare for the latest Cheshire Derby against Crewe Alexandra in Sky Bet League Two action this afternoon.
Crewe are locked in a four-way race for automatic promotion, whilst the Silkmen moved back above Morecambe and eight points clear of bottom club Stevenage after Tuesday’s draw against Plymouth.
Last Time Out
Paul Green’s first half own goal gave the Silkmen the advantage at Moss Rose last month before Callum Ainley’s strike deep into second half stoppage time ensured the points would be shared.
You can read more about that game, and find match highlights, here.
Crewe took the lead but ended up falling to defeat against Plymouth Argyle last Saturday, as Harry Pickering’s opener was cancelled out by Luke Jephcott, before Antoni Sarcevic secured all three points for Argyle from the penalty spot.
This followed four consecutive victories for The Railwaymen, three of which were at home.
Leyton Orient, Oldham and Crawley all fell to defeat at Gresty Road in that run, with Crewe’s home form being the cornerstone to their successful season so far.
Ones to Watch
Veteran striker Chris Porter leads the scoring charts for Crewe this season, scoring ten goals from just 22 league outings.
Since returning from a hamstring injury earlier this month, Porter has scored twice in the three matches.
Charlie Kirk has been Crewe’s standout player, however, with the academy graduate contributing six goals and a further thirteen assists from the left wing.
Daniel Powell has also been an important player for The Railwaymen this season, with the right winger scoring nine times in the league this campaign.
View from The Dugouts
Crewe manager David Artell had this to say when speaking about this afternoon’s match:
“It is a local derby and it will be tough. It was tough at their place and going there with the pitch as it is, is a tough place to go. It is never easy going to Macclesfield but we know we are a match for anyone in this division.
“We have to show that the first half at Moss Rose was the abnormal out of the four halves we are going to have. We were dominant in the second half there and we have to show more of the same over both halves this weekend.”
Silkmen Head Coach Mark Kennedy had this to say ahead of the match:
“We are really looking forward to it, it will be a really tough game. Obviously, it’s away from home which makes it tougher again, but they are fantastic opposition.
“We had a really great game here a couple of weeks ago and I think both teams acquitted themselves really well so fingers crossed we can both give the fans something to look forward to tomorrow.”
Mark's pre match thoughts in full can be found below -
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