David Fitzpatrick was delighted after his exceptional strike secured Macclesfield a vital three points following Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Port Vale.
The Silkmen eased through the gears in the second-half and their dominance was rewarded in the 66th minute when Fitzpatrick collected the ball on the edge of the area and curled a delightful effort into the top left corner.
The goal sent the away end into raptures and after reflecting on the moment post-game, Fitzpatrick insisted it’s a good omen if he is on the scoresheet.
“I scored a great goal for Southport which probably ranks alongside it and that kept us up that year, so it could be a good omen for this year so fingers crossed.
“I didn’t actually know what to do because I don’t score that many but looking up at the crowd going wild it was unbelievable.
“Just thought I would slide about; everyone was jubilant and I just wanted to enjoy the moment.”
The full-time whistle sparked scenes of celebration both on the pitch and in the stands, and was a clear indication of the unity within the team.
The Silkmen’s resilience had shone through the 90 minutes and Fitzpatrick stated that the team know what they need to do to ensure they successfully complete their mission against Cambridge United.
“Everyone’s a bit surprised that I scored such a goal but obviously everyone is delighted that we’ve kept it in our own hands and we move onto next week - we’ve got one more cup final.
“We’ve just got to keep going. We’ve kept two clean sheets in a row now.
“We’ve been pretty solid but I think we need to be better creativity wise going forward, but like you say it’s in her own hands.”
The win marked an incredible turn around for Macclesfield under the guidance of Sol Campbell, who at one stage found themselves seven points adrift of safety.
But results have improved significantly and now Macc are just one game away from preserving their Football League status.
“It’s massive. The season has been so up and down, with a lot of downs. But we’ve managed to drag ourselves out. It’s remarkable what we have done, but we’ve not done it yet – we’ve got one more to go.”
The team were buoyed by a vocal 795 Silkmen supporters at Vale Park on Saturday, and Fitzpatrick couldn’t hide his appreciation for the outstanding support.
“I was saying in the changing room that they made such a difference from the first minute.
“It was good to have them here, obviously it’s not too far away but they always make the difference.”
Asked if we can expect a similar sort of strike in Saturday’s final fixture against Cambridge United, Fitzpatrick was happy to play down expectations.
“Probably not, but maybe in a couple of years I’ll score another one!"