Macclesfield Town manager Mark Yates has called for his players to right the wrongs of Wednesday night following their disappointing 8-0 defeat at the London Stadium as The Silkmen prepare themselves for another strong test against Mark Cooper’s Forest Green Rovers.
The Moss Rose will play host to another epic clash this afternoon and Yates has urged his players to deliver the perfect response following a disappointing run of games.
He said: “It’s going to be a tough one Saturday, we know that they all are at the moment but it's one we are looking forward to
“Wednesday was not the result we were after, nor the performance we were after.
“But, it’s a chance to bounce back quickly and in what is ultimately a far more important game than Wednesday was.”
With Macc still yet to taste victory domestically this season, it’s a chance for the players to put some much-needed points on the board if they are to see a change of fortune in the league.
Yates will be welcoming a familiar face from his playing days at Birmingham City to Cheshire on Saturday and insists the players will have to be at their best if they are to salvage something from the game.
“We have to. They’ll be changes, players coming in to spark us into life.
“We are searching for that consistency of performance and obviously with that comes results. We need to take the hurt of Wednesday night and channel into the game Saturday” the Silkmen boss added.
The Gloucestershire outfit could pose the toughest test of the season for Macclesfield, with Cooper’s impressive side the only undefeated team left in the division.
However, despite the statistics, the players have to believe they can put on a performance that can really kick-start their season and today's opposition would be the perfect side to make a statement to the rest of the league.
Yates spoke of his admiration for his former teammate's side, with their attractive brand of football. He also highlighted how his players will have to match Rovers in every department if they are to get their maiden win of the season.
“They’re nine games unbeaten, good side, good manager play good football.
“They’ve got some big lads in the team that can hurt you from set-pieces and they keep the ball on the floor and play some really good football.
“But it's one we’re not going to fear - one we’ve got to give a good go whatever formation they play.
"It’s about us this afternoon, being confident f and obviously putting right the wrongs of Wednesday.”