Assistant Manager Neil Howarth is full of optimism heading as Macclesfield Town look to chalk up their first league win of the season this afternoon.
The Silkmen make the 306-mile round trip to the Lamex Stadium in high spirits after the Checkatrade Trophy triumph, as they prepare to face Dino Maamria’s Stevenage.
Although Stevenage will present a tough challenge, Howarth believed the team can build on the positives from recent games and claim the three points.
“It will certainly be a tough game” said Howarth,.
“It’s never easy going down there, we all know that.
“I feel we’ve had a really good week. I’ve got a lot more optimism from the week we’ve had on the training ground - especially when we can take the positives out of the game from Tuesday night, we’re certainly going down there in a good frame of mind.”
Blackpool were the third League One opponent to be defeated this season by Mark Yates' side in cup competitions and Howarth believes Macc need to transfer that form into the league
“As I say there were so many positives, but there were a few things to learn off as well because we still didn’t see the game out.
“But we’ve shown we can be competitive against teams from higher leagues and we have to show that on a Saturday now week in, week out.”
The Checkatrade Trophy clash with The Seasiders provided he perfect opportunity to trial an altered formation and include different personnel and the switches saw Macc dominate for large periods of the encounter, proving The Silkmen have more than just a Plan A in their locker.
“I think it certainly worked,” claimed Howarth, “it’s something we have used a couple of times during games.
“I thought the shape looked good, it suits the personnel that we have in certain areas and I thought it caused Blackpool a few problems.
“So you know it’s certainly something that we can look to use as and when we feel we need to.”
The infamous encounter at Broadway Hall back in March 1997 is an occasion that Howarth remembers still fondly and whilst the Silkmen legend is keen to boast about the club’s proud history, his eyes are firmly fixated on achieving success in the present.
“It was a great day! It was a massive stepping stone in the club’s history by getting us into the Football League and I was proud to play a major part in it.
“But it is history, both clubs have moved on, and I will always have them happy memories but it’s about making new memories now and it’s about going down there and making sure we perform.
“We’re in a good frame of mind and hopefully we can give our fans something to cheer about come the final whistle.”
Howarth also spoke in high regard of all supporters, who have been magnificent so far this season.
“They’ve been brilliant, they really have - there was a good turnout on Tuesday night for a competition that lots of clubs don’t take seriously and some people are not really interested in it at this early stage.
“But they were great again the other night, they were great at Crewe and it’s a long way to travel down to Stevenage, so we really do appreciate it when we can hear them during the game”.