Ahead of our trip to Stevenage this afternoon we caught up with Head Coach, Daryl McMahon, to look ahead to the upcoming clash and get his thoughts on the events of the week.
We kicked off by asking Daryl about the success of the open training session on Thursday.
“It was good. It’s always nice for the fans to come and watch training - they can see what we’re working on, and see how hard the boys are training.”
Engaging with the Macc Town faithful is clearly something Daryl is keen to encourage, with an upcoming fans’ forum event also on the agenda.
“It’s something I’ve done at my previous club - I’ve done a couple of fans’ forums.
"I think it’s important that they get to see me and talk to me and the coaching staff, and ask any questions they want to ask.”
Torrential conditions at Blundell Park earlier in the week resulted in our Carabao Cup tie with Grimsby being abandoned at the break. With the reward of a trip to Chelsea awaiting the victors in the next round, Daryl believes both teams will have added motivation for the rearranged fixture.
“It’s a terrific incentive!
"I think knowing what you’ve got at the end of the game is huge - both Football Clubs will be the same. But we know we’ve got a tough game going to Grimsby again, probably even more so now!”
Next up for The Silkmen though is an away day at Stevenage, and despite the Hertfordshire side suffering a disappointing start to the campaign without a goal to their name, Daryl emphasised that it is still too early in the season to pass judgement.
“They haven’t started like they wanted to start. I’m sure they’ll be looking at us as maybe a springboard to start their season.
"We have to guard against that and understand that the league table today means absolutely nothing and you can’t judge sides from where they are in the league table now.
"You’ve got to look at the qualities they’ve got in the team. We’ll have to make sure we’re at our best to get a result.
“For sure, Stevenage will score goals this season, that’s obvious - eventually they will. We’ve got to make sure that it’s not against us, and make sure we’re on our game.
“We can only concentrate on ourselves. We’ve got real quality in our team, and we have to make sure we show that every single game.”
With competition for places rife McMahon expects to have a full squad at his disposal for today's fixture and being in such good form, the lads are clearly itching for the next game.
“They can’t wait, they’re looking forward to it, they’re training well. They’re enjoying their football, which I think is important and long may that continue.
“We haven’t got any new injury concerns. We’ve got one or two carrying little bits and bobs, which everyone has at this stage of the season with all the games we have. We’re hoping to have a full squad for Saturday.”
Finally, after a largely futile trip to Grimsby in the week and a journey down to Stevenage on the horizon, Daryl expressed his gratitude to the fans for their continued support.
“We appreciate your support, and I’m pleased you’re coming to back us again. Hopefully we give you a good performance.”