Macclesfield Town boss Sol Campbell claims that his side are ready for their first home match of the season this afternoon as the Silkmen welcome Leyton Orient to the Moss Rose in search of their first points of the new campaign.
“You know, first home game we’ve got to set our stall out really” stated Sol. “Be positive in all our actions and I think we’re there. The lads are really positive from last week because we played really well, dominated the game, just didn’t really finish our chances off, obviously different opponents this week so we have to start all over again and that’s football and we’re ready for that.”
Despite losing to Exeter late on last weekend, the gaffer has claimed that his side have trained really well this week and are prepared for this weekend’s challenge.
“I think for me the lads were obviously disappointed that we lost the game at the end, but you learn from that and hopefully the lads will learn from that, so when we get our chances we should stick them away and be really resolute around the pitch. It is a tough one but we’ve just got to get on with it, the lads have trained really well this week and they’re up for it.”
Campbell also paid tribute to former teammate Justin Edinburgh whom was the manager of Orient at the time of his tragic passing little over two months ago.
“I would just like to say Justin and I went back a long, long way” said Sol. “I played with Justin early on, and I was captain of Tottenham when we won the League Cup as well.
“I joined Justin on the Welsh football courses as well so we kind of did all of the courses all day through and I was chuffed to bits when he got promoted with Leyton Orient but you know, going out to his family, it was such a tragedy with him passing away, he was a fantastic guy, life and soul of the party and he was a fantastic manager so it’s such a loss. I went to his memorial as well back when they had it, it’s so young really, he obviously had a promising career ahead of him as well.”
Having been promoted as winners of the National League, the gaffer spoke about the potential threats that Orient may pose.
“They’re going to be buzzing from last season getting promoted so obviously we’ve got to set our stall out and make sure we do everything right, respect them in the right areas and then start playing our game as well, and imposing ourselves on the game.
“We’ve just got to be ready, expect the unexpected’ we’ve got the be up for the fight, but at the right time be able to pass the ball around and be a bit more clinical upfront.”
The lads play their first game back at the Moss Rose this afternoon, yet Campbell dismisses the idea of home form and claims the lads should try and pick up points wherever they’re playing.
“I think you’ve got to really be successful or try to pick up points wherever you are really. You know if you can pick up points away, you can pick up points at home, I think really you’ve got to be, in this league, good all round, I just think you can’t rely on the home form, you’ve got to try and nick points and that’s what we did last season, we got a lot of draws but all those points added up.
“You’ve got to set your stall out at every single game and be up for it and fight for every single inch of the pitch and try to think outside the box, be disciplined and go for it. For me, I like the team to go for it, whether they’re at home or away, I don’t think you should change, maybe change tactically, but you’ve got to really go for it because you can’t say oh we’ve got to rely on our home form or winning our way, I think you’ve got to do both.”