Scott Wilson believes the character that Macclesfield Town displayed during Saturday’s one-all draw with Lincoln City will stand them in good stead for the remainder of the season.
The Silkmen fought courageously to claim a point from the league-leaders, limiting Danny Cowley’s side to a small number of chances whilst creating clear-cut opportunities themselves.
And Macclesfield’s leading league goalscorer insists that the team’s unity was a pivotal factor in enabling them to leave Sincil Bank with a vital point.
“It was tough,” said Wilson, “it’s always backs to the wall when you come to places like this and we showed great character.
“That’s what we’ve been talking about all week – show belief and show character, which is what we’ve got in this squad and you’ve seen it in the game.
You would have to go back to Boxing Day 2018 to find Lincoln’s last league defeat when they succumbed to a 2 - 1 loss away to Crewe Alexandra, with The Imps now boasting an impressive 17-game unbeaten run.
Macclesfield’s point is made all the more impressive when you consider that Lincoln have only suffered one league defeat Sincil Bank all season, with their formidable home record a contributing factor to their healthy eight-point lead at the top of the League Two table.
Wilson acknowledged the talent Cowley’s side have at their disposal, but believes Sol Campbell’s team were more than a match for their table-topping opponents.
“They’ve got some big physical lads but they have some good players too and that’s why they’re top of the league. It shows out there why they’re top of the league and we’ve gone toe-to-toe with them and come away with a point, which is brilliant.
“I’d say it’s harsh, because they didn’t really create a lot if I’m being honest. They had a lot of possession and they got balls in the box but they didn’t really have chances.
“I’d say that we did have better chances and we could have probably scored more.
“Especially with JP’s at the end, Pearson has hit a great strike and the keeper has pulled off a worldie.”
After not making a league start since the 3 - 0 defeat away to Bury last month, Wilson capitalised on his return to the starting eleven with an excellent first-time finish to give Macclesfield the lead.
And the striker was delighted to be back on the scoresheet and enter double-figures for the season.
“I’ve obviously been disappointed to not be in the team but whenever I come onto the pitch I always try and do my best for the team and like today, I got my chance and I took it so I’m pleased.”
A vocal 170 Silkmen fans made the journey east on Saturday and, similarly to the boys out on the pitch, gave everything they had till the final-whistle and Wilson was appreciative of the excellent support that the team has received all season.
“Of course they did, the support was brilliant. It’s been brilliant all season, they’ve stuck by us and I know they will continue to stick by us till the end of the season, and that’s exactly what we need.
Campbell’s side now entertain two crucial home fixtures to kickstart April, with Morecambe travelling to the Moss Rose on Saturday before Exeter City make the trip north for the Silkmen’s crucial game in hand.
And Wilson stressed it’s the home games which are going to define Macclesfield’s league status.
“Well if we want a chance of staying in the division then we have to win our home games, it’s as simple as that.
“First and foremost we need to get something from Morecambe and then against Exeter, with it being our game in hand, we have to pick up the points.”
By Jaquob Crooke