With the end of Sky Bet League Two season drawing ever closer, it can be easy to lose your cool. However, Silkmen defender Zak Jules is keeping his feet firmly on the ground as Macclesfield approach the last two games of the season.
A 0-0 draw with Newport County at the Moss Rose means that destiny is still in the Silkmen’s hands with games against Port Vale and Cambridge United still to play.
Notts County and Yeovil also both drew their fixtures meaning that everything is as it was at the bottom of the table. However, Jules says that the team are disappointed to not take advantage of the situation.
“I think the lads put in a good shift today,” Jules said speaking to Silkmen TV after the Newport clash.
“With the results today (Notts County and Yeovil) it was a good opportunity to push on and get the three points so there’s a bit of disappointment in the dressing room but it’s a clean sheet and it’s a point so we’ve just got to move on and look to Saturday.
“It was very hot and very difficult to keep going for the 90 minutes, it takes a lot out of you, a lot more than it will usually do but I thought the lads got through it well.
“Everyone was working for each other we just couldn’t get the final goal we needed to take the three points.
“If you have a look at the three goals we conceded against Northampton, there were three goals that could’ve been prevented very easily. We put that down to lack of communication throughout the team, so we went out and made sure everyone knows what they’re doing today.
“We made sure everyone knew who their man was and kept talking through the full 90 minutes and I felt that on the pitch everyone was talking and it has paid off because we’ve got a clean sheet and a point.”
Attentions now turn to Saturday’s local derby with Port Vale but Jules says the team need to take things one game at a time.
“It’s just game by game now, this is one game down and now we’ve just got to look forward, recover well, look after the legs and go again on Saturday away at Port Vale.
“Hopefully we can go there and get the result we need and settle our fate on Saturday but if not, it could go right to the wire so we’ve just got to keep it game by game.”
The defender also hopes for a large Silkmen contingent who can act as the team’s twelfth man.
“The fans were great today, every single one of them.
“When they’re singing and in good voice it’s like having a twelfth man on the pitch. So by a large number travelling to Port Vale in their numbers will be good and hopefully we can return the favour by getting the three points.”