After a frustrating six weeks on the sidelines, Jared Hodgkiss made his long-awaited return to the Macclesfield starting eleven on Saturday.
A resolute performance against an unbeaten Forest Green Rovers side saw the Silkmen pick up a valuable point at the Moss Rose in what was an entertaining game.
Scott Wilson’s equaliser saw him notch his first goal of the season, but it was also all smiles for Hodgkiss who said that “it was great to be back” on the pitch.
“It’s been frustrating for me in the few weeks, six weeks I think it’s been, but I just went out there and enjoyed it."
“It was great to be back at home and play in front of the Macc fans but yeah it was great to be back.”
On top of the personal milestone, it was a much improved performance from the whole team against Forest Green, showing the bounce-back ability of the whole squad after a disappointing night against West Ham United on Wednesday.
On another day all three points could’ve stayed in Cheshire but Hodgkiss said that despite the two sides sharing the spoils it was a good performance.
“The Manager said in the dressing room that it was a good performance.
“Obviously we can improve and take a couple more of our chances, but we were resolute at times and it was a good result.
“We practised the system a little bit but obviously we had the West Ham game on Wednesday, so we didn’t have much preparation time. We just practised it on Friday really and we went through a few bits, but it looked like it worked out there.
“The game could’ve ended in a different way, but like I say we had some good chances which could’ve won us the game, but I think at the end of the day it wasn’t a bad result.
However, now attention quickly turns to tonight's trip to Newport County and Hodgkiss says that it’ll be no easy task.
“It’s going to be tough travelling to Newport on Tuesday night,
“It’s not a nice place to play football, especially as an away team.
“I was there a few years ago as the away team and it’s not great, so we’ll have to role our sleeves up and dig deep like we did on Saturday and hopefully we can come away with at least a point.”
By Andrew Gate