Nathan Cameron conceded that the team cannot afford to make any more mistakes after the 3 - 1 defeat to Northampton Town on Good Friday.
Macclesfield fell behind 25 minutes in but responded well and equalised in the 38th minute via Harry Smith’s 7th league goal of the season.
However, second-half strikes from Daniel Powell and Junior Morais secured Northampton the win, and Cameron echoed an air of dissatisfaction within the Silkmen camp about the result.
“We’re massively disappointed, because we know it was a massive opportunity to go five points clear.
“I don’t think there was much in the game, right up until they scored their second. It was a sloppy mistake from myself but we have to again.
“We’ve got another game on Monday, a massive game, against Newport.
“The goals were sloppy. We’re a lot better than that.
“We’ve shown over the last couple of weeks that we have tightened up, but today I think we were just a bit sloppy with our clearances and with some of our mistakes which we just need to do better with, to be honest.”
It was a case of déjà vu for Cameron, after the player was brought down in the penalty area once again, similarly to last week against Forest Green Rovers.
However, referee Kevin Johnson waved away the Macclesfield appeals and the Silkmen centre-back believes the officials got the decision wrong.
“I think it’s a blatant penalty. I said to the referee ‘what is going on?’
“I don’t know if it’s because we’re at Northampton, I don’t know why they got the majority of the decisions today but that’s a blatant penalty for me.
“To be honest, I thought I should have had one last week, but I thought that one was more blatant today.
“The lino didn’t see it and the referee decided to turn a blind eye, but what can you do.”
Despite the disappointing defeat, Sol Campbell’s team still remain two points above the relegation zone after Yeovil and Notts County’s respective defeats.
With anther fixture passed, it means three fewer points are now available, but Cameron insisted the team will not be resting on their laurels, with a crucial home clash against Newport County completing the Easter weekend instalment.
“It’s massive for us, but luckily results went our way. We’ve got a massive chance now, at home in front of our own fans, to win the game and really put the pressure on with two games to go.
“We need to win our games. It doesn’t really matter if there is less games to go.
“Fair enough, it means maybe we don’t need as many points but I think we will need to win at least one of our three remaining games for us to stay up.
“I don’t see Yeovil and Notts County not winning at all in the last three when the pressure is on.
“We need to take care of our job, first and foremost.”
Cameron has proved himself to be an important component in the heart of the Macclesfield defence since his arrival in November.
And the 26-year-old reiterated that from his first day at the club, he always believed the Silkmen had every chance of staying in the division.
“Massively, I didn’t come here to get relegated. I came here when I think we were nine points adrift and I knew we could stay up as soon as I touched the training field with the players that we’ve got.
“Obviously with the manager coming in and turning things around. We’ve done really well, I think the teams below us, no disrespect to them but they deserve to be there and I think we deserve to stay up.
“We have to show that in the last three games now and we have to make sure we get the points to stay up.”
283 Silkmen supporters made the 228-mile round trip down to Northampton, and Cameron was extremely grateful for the support and believes there loyalty will be rewarded.
“They were massive for us, I’m just really disappointed we couldn’t get the result for them.
“They always come out in their numbers, especially for the away games and I felt as though they thought we should have got a result today.
“And so did we, but like I say we made sloppy mistakes and conceded sloppy goals and we have to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”
By Jaquob Crooke.