EFL action returns to Moss Rose after a six-year absence this afternoon and Mark Yates can't wait for the game to start.
Macclesfield Town host Grimsby Town in their first home domestic game of the season as Moss Rose hosts a League Two fixture for the first time in six years.
Both teams will be desperate for a change of fortune this afternoon as both sides were left empty-handed following opening day drama.
The Silkmen were arguably the more unfortunate team to finish game week one with nothing to show, as two injury time penalties cost Mark Yates’ side a historic win at Swindon Town.
Yates was pleased with the effort his players showed to take The Robins right to the wire, but admits the heartache in the final minutes at the County Ground gives everyone all the more incentive to get back onto the pitch and fight once again.
“Yeah, the game couldn’t come soon enough for me.” Yates explained following the defeat to Swindon last week.
“We are ready now - we've done all our hard work, we've had a good positive week after what happened at the end of Saturday's game.
“We’ve not dwelt on the result, it’s been about the positives, the way we've played, expressed ourselves, shut out a decent team out for most of the game and also created chances ourselves.”
The traveling supporters who made the three hour trip to Wiltshire were in full voice in support of the team and the atmosphere at the Moss Rose on Saturday is one the Manager is looking forward to experiencing -
“The supporters were great last week away from home and hopefully they will be the same today. ” Yates continued.
“We’re at home, we're in front of our own fans and I'm sure Grimsby will bring a few.
“Hopefully we will give them something for our supporters to shout about. I've just seen them over the last few days queueing up for season tickets and that’s great - we want as many as we can down tomorrow and hopefully we can put on a decent performance for everybody.”
Last season’s 18th placed Grimsby were also on the receiving end of a disappointing opening day defeat, as The Mariners were beaten 4-1 at Blundell Park by Mark Cooper’s Forest Green Rovers.
The defeat will give Grimsby even more incentive to win today's fixture after a brutal opening day mauling last week.
Despite both teams suffering set-backs last week, the circumstances of how the Silkmen lost their first fixture back in League Two doesn’t change the outcome of the result, and Yates believes the importance of getting a result for both sides will not phase his players come Saturday.
“We both got beat, so it doesn’t matter whether you were unlucky or whether you deserved to lose we both got beat.
“Saturday’s an important game for both of us. We’ve talked a little bit about them, but our focus will be on what we’re trying to do and how we approach the game, break them down, deal with them but in a positive way.
“I’m really looking forward to tomorrow, our first home game back in the Football League for six years, so I really hope there's a good atmosphere, the supporters get behind us and the lads put on a decent performance.”
By Joshua Kerr