Stepping up to take a crucial penalty in a vital match is nerve-racking to say the least. However, when the pressures on, it seems to be where Michael Rose blossoms.
With Exeter 2 - 1 up at the Moss Rose, Rose stepped up from 12-yards out and tucked away an equaliser in deadly fashion - his stuttering penalty, catching out visiting goalkeeper James Hamon.
Harry Smith’s header went on to seal a vital three points on Tuesday night, taking the Silkmen out of the drop zone for the first time since August and Rose’s influence on the result was pivotal.
The win means Macc are now five games unbeaten in League Two and furthermore, the veteran midfielder knows how important it is to continue this good run of form.
Speaking to Silkmen TV after the game Rose said; “It’s a massive result for us.”
“I don’t think we can get ahead of ourselves but we can enjoy it, but the hard work comes now.
“We’ve still got games to go now, we need to concentrate and take the next game as it come.
“I have a little thing with penalties but I bumped into their goalkeeper coach at half-time at Yeovil and he said to me he’d been watching my penalties for half an hour before the match, so I might have to change it up a little bit.
“I’ve scored six or seven penalties this year so I’ll take that.”
Once again, like so many times this season, Macc showed their never say die spirit coming from behind not once, but twice and Rose says the team are all fighting.
“The lads are in it together, all the bad press we’ve had lately isn’t something we need or want, but we’re in this situation and we’ve got to get out of it for ourselves and the fans.
“It should be a given, we should be fighting every week, it doesn’t always go the way we want it to go but there’s a few games left and hopefully we can do exactly the same in these last few games.
“It goes without saying we should be fighting from the off.”