Joint Assistant manager Danny Whitaker is happy with Macclesfield Town’s preparations this week and has asked his players to put on a show this afternoon.
Carlisle United visit Moss Rose with six wins out of thirteen Sky Bet League Two matches. However, they have also been on the losing side on just as many occasions and are 11th in the table.
They arrive following two losses on the bounce and after watching The Cumbrians against Morecambe last weekend, Whitaker believes United will be a tough test but one the Silkmen can overcome.
“There’s no bigger point that we are getting across to the players than to not worry about the opposition; Neil and I will worry about that if we have to,” Whitaker explained to Silkmen TV.
“Carlisle will probably make a few changes to their team from Saturday. However, we don’t expect them to cause us major problems, but we have plans in place if they do.
“We are the home team, and we want the boys to go out there and focus on performing at a high level and intensity.”
After Macc’s last three matches came in the space of four days, The Silkmen have had a week's break from the fixture list to help recuperate and prepare for this crunch Carlisle match.
“The lads were terrific against Tranmere last week,” praised Whitaker. “They responded to all the ideas I put to them, but unfortunately the result didn’t go our way.
“We’ve had a great week training and we’ve worked on a few more things, so hopefully we’ll take that into today’s game and get a great result.
“It’s going to be a fantastic atmosphere, I know the fans are behind us and it’s time for the players to put on a show.”
In addition to the players, Whitaker has called for everybody at the club to pull together and bring the formidable ‘against all odds’ mindset back to Moss Rose.
“Everyone is in it together and plays a part,” the 37-year-old stated. “We proved that last season and hopefully we can get that mentality back.
“The fans were absolutely magnificent last season home and away, and they have been just as brilliant this term. We need that now more than ever, especially with the situation we are in.
“It’s now up to us to give the fans something to cheer about.”
By Matt Bates