The football season is full of defining moments, and Tuesday night was no different.
When Elliott Durrell swung a delightful cross towards Harry Smith, who helped to slam the ball into the back of the net in front of the Star Lane End, the celebrations that followed illustrated how much survival means to our players and fans alike.
The Man of the Match on the night Smith, has now scored twice against Exeter this season and he is confident that the Silkmen will beat the drop.
“I seem to have a knack of scoring against these guys. I’m delighted with the goals, but the three points are the main thing and I thought we thoroughly deserved it,” said Smith.
“This is our careers, our livelihoods, so it’s just as big for us as it is for all the fans.
“All I see online is that people doubt us and say we are guaranteed to go down – I see little polls, and I want to prove people wrong.
“We are doing it; and as time goes on, some people will see that we can stay up. And we will stay up.”
At times, it was not pretty. However, the Silkmen showed the fight and desire that Sol Campbell has been asking for in recent weeks, and the role of the 12th man in the terraces, as well as the 11 on the field, cannot be overstated.
“We didn’t need to do anything majestic to win the game, we just had to do the basics and we felt like we would win the game” Smith reflected. “So, to come back from behind twice shows the character, I don’t think I have to say much.
“We were all disappointed with the first half performance, but we came out in the second half and we nicked the goal at the end, so it’s a great feeling.
“The gaffer said at half-time that we’ve got to create the atmosphere, we were sloppy in the first half and we said in there [the dressing room] that we weren’t great, but to come in at 2-2 showed our character.
“In the second half, we dominated, without even creating much. And the fans were excellent, especially when we got the deserved goal at the end, the place was rocking. It’s probably the best I’ve heard it this season.”
However, everyone hopes that this is just the beginning. There are 450 minutes of football left to decide the fate of this special club.
“We’ve not been out since the first month of the season; it’s been an absolute slog” admitted Smith.
“There have been times where we should have got out and we’ve not, and we did question is it ever going to come.
“We’ve taken this moment, and it’s the first time we’ve been out under the new gaffer so we can only go forward from here.
“It’s in our hands and I’m more than confident that we will get the job done with five big games to go”