Despite Tuesday’s Checkatrade Trophy defeat to Accrington Stanley, Malachi Napa was in a positive frame of mind and believes that The Silkmen are beginning to move in the right direction.
Napa made his first start since Morecambe last month and proved to be a constant menace on Tuesday night with his ability to beat defenders at will
And the Oxford United loanee believes that the new system that Neil Howarth and Danny Whitaker are implementing will only benefit him and the team, and will be the start of a ‘new chapter.’
“It was a different style from the boys today,” said Napa, “Obviously we tried to play out from the back, which matches the gaffers’ different style.
“I thought we started off well, but unfortunately the scoreline doesn’t reflect that.
“It’s definitely a new chapter for the boys.”
Napa expressed the fact that Danny and Neil are already instilling a positive style of football into the squad - a style that provides him with a licence to cause damage.
“They said to just go and enjoy it and be free with the ball.
“The way we’ve been practicing in training and exploiting ways in which we can be free with the ball and our system aids that now as well.
“I tried to exploit the full-backs weakness, which was speed, so I tried to take him down the line and get a few crosses in.
“Neil and Danny have picked us up - they’ve kept our heads up and we’re definitely looking to get the three points on Friday.”
The defeat to Accrington means that the Silkmen’s clash against West Bromwich Albion U23’s in a few weeks time will be a must-win game should Macclesfield look to progress.
But first up is a difficult league clash against the fellow newly-promoted side Tranmere Rovers tomorrow night.
However, Napa is optimistic that the Silkmen can negotiate their way through a tricky encounter and pick up some vital points.
“It’s unfortunate that we didn’t get through before we play West Brom.
“I think we’ll prepare well for it. Rest up today (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday) before we prepare for Tranmere on Thursday.
“But I think we’re ready for it and the way we’re set-up now I would hope we could gain a point or three.
“We’ve spoken a lot in the dressing room on how we need to start a new chapter.
“We also need the fans on our side as well to keep us going.
“We’ll definitely need a big crowd behind us on Friday.”