Sol Campbell remained fully focused on Macclesfield’s survival battle after his side’s brilliant three points against Port Vale, but he was clearly pleased with the afternoon’s result.
After Notts County also picked up maximum points, the Silkmen remain two points above the drop and have the relegation battle firmly in their hands going into the last game of the season.
All eyes now turn to Cambridge United, but the team will be buzzing after a crucial victory in Burslem.
“The lads have got to be proud of themselves, obviously we are under a lot pressure with the situation that we are in” said Sol.
“It was a really good contest and we came out on top.
“The big pitch was really good - we couldn’t stretch it out too much, we had to work in blocks. It helped that it was raining so we could move the ball around. We had to dig in and work hard to match Port Vale.
“Fantastic encouragement from the fans, they were in full voice, willing the guys on and pushing them forward.
“It was a great game with some good tackles, good passes, good combinations and we really enjoyed it out there.”
At the end of the ninety minutes, David Fitzpatrick’s wonderful strike proved the difference. It was his first goal away from the penalty spot since December 2017 – and it worth the wait.
“I said to Fitzy, ‘When was the last time you scored a goal in open play?’ And he was blank; it was a long time ago” smiled Sol.
“I’m pleased for him, he’s a top guy and it was fantastic finish.
“The final ball was missing for us [in the first half]. So, I really concentrated on the last third, focusing on the right pass or the right shot, and then we started to get the balls in the right areas.
“Harry could have easily had a hat-trick, the ‘keeper made a good save, but had he been a bit sharper he could definitely have had a one or two.
“The guys managed it well, and it was a big shift for them as it was 100% working from the first second to the last, and hats off to everyone who took part.”
We may have won the battle, but we are yet to win the war, so the players will head into the week fully focused ahead of next Saturday.
“We are always going to play to win” added Sol.
“That’s the attitude we will be going into the game with, not to play for a draw, as when that happens things can go wrong.
“It’s not over so we will approach it properly. You’ve got to make sure that you are switched on and go for three points.”
By Matt Bates