Sol Campbell refused to be too downhearted last Saturday, after he saw his Macclesfield Town side suffer a 2 - 0 defeat at Forest Green Rovers.
After a goalless first half, Christian Doidge and Joseph Mills banked the hosts three points, but with results elsewhere falling in Macc’s favour, the Silkmen are still two points above the drop.
“Tuesday was emotional for the lads, they put everything into it” explained Sol.
“Playing another away game after is always difficult – the energy levels are not as high.
“There was fatigue here and there, but other than that, they [Forest Green] didn’t play us off the park and it came down to a couple of set plays.
“You can tell the lads pushed and pushed, so we have to rest up and make sure that we are ready for the two big games coming.”
The tiredness played its part across the pitch, yet the Silkmen were unlucky to not be in front by the interval.
“We had a few shots but we didn’t really catch them right and we didn’t really trouble the ‘keeper.
“We gave some silly free-kicks away in some key positions, so we really had to be a little bit more switched on. That’s where fatigue comes into it, when you are not quite there energy-wise, and that happens.
“It’s a totally different game at home to away, as I said fatigue came into the game and sometimes you have got to have that mental strength to move your body, but it’s not always the way.”
For Sol and his team, it’s onto Northampton away and Newport County at home – two more crunch games in quick succession; and the boys need you to back them.
“Thank you to all the fans who turned up; the lads really appreciated it and I do as well” said the manager.
“It’s just a shame we couldn’t get something out of the game.
“We’ve got to patch ourselves up and go again as Easter is a massive weekend now. We need to make sure that we rest up and get our energy levels right before we go into those three days.
“We will keep on fighting until the end and hopefully get lucky here and there.”
By Matt Bates