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Sol: "We Have To Fight For Every Single Ball"

9 February 2019

Sol spoke of the importance of stringing together results in our next few matches and insisted the occasion of todays Cheshire derby against Crewe will not change the way the players approach the game.

“I think we have been a little bit disappointed with our last two games.

“For whatever reason we have just not had that little bit of luck that we sometimes need in a game so really, we need to get back on track and with this game being a home game, we really need to get a good result.

“I think, for me, you have got to be professional about it.

“I think it’s obviously good for the fans for these derby’s to be played, but I think with the players you have got to have a cool head and go about our game in a proper, professional way and if you look at it, we need the points.

“Yes, it’s a derby, it’s great for the fans and the local area, but we need to keep cool heads and play our game.”

The manager was also quick to point out that the results of our last two games could so easily have been different and called on the players to be ready ahead of this afternoons encounter.

“I think for us over the last two games, we have played footballing sides and we have done really well against these footballing sides.

“Just for whatever reason it has not gone our way. It’s another football game so we have got to play football because they will definitely be doing that, and we have got to take our chances when we can and defend well and I think it’s going to be a great game.

“We are just going to have to be ready.”

Despite an eagerness to prepare for the game in the right way, Sol concedes that the conditions have affected match preparation, but he is confident that the team are prepared for the challenge.

“We are at home and we have to impose ourselves on the game, have a good shape about us and just really believe that we can play the type of football that I know we can play.

“So, we have to get our thoughts together.

“It’s a little bit more difficult this week because we have not been able to get out on the pitches or on the astro turf; that doesn’t help, but I think we have done enough to get us straight and ready for the game tomorrow.”

A positive for the Silkmen going into the game is the return of Harry Smith to the bench after missing the last few matches through injury.

“I think Harry is here and will be on the bench.

“We don’t want to risk him too much but he’s the one big plus for us. He’s going to be on the bench so that’s good.

“There are going to be a few changes here and there, but Harry is probably the biggest one for us, it’s a big plus.”

As well as the return of Harry, Sol spoke of the importance of not rushing the new additions to the squad into action and called for them to be given time to integrate themselves into the squad.

“I think anyone coming from another club into a new football team and a new environment, they have got to get used to how the lads are, how the manager wants the football to be played, and that takes time.

“It’s all about integrating them slowly into the side so then it’s not a big shock to them and the main side.

“I want to get everyone to understand, also in training, how I want the football to be played and then they can slowly come in. Some will take longer to come in, for sure, because that’s how it is, others will be fast tracked into the team and start playing.

“I am trying to balance the whole side as much as I possibly can, and then obviously we have got some of the injury’s coming back as well, long term injuries who will hopefully be back in the next two or three weeks and that will bolster and give me more options and hopefully they can give me more headaches as to who to play.”

Despite having a couple of chances to climb out of the relegation places in recent weeks, the Silkmen remain in the bottom two for now, but Sol is eager for the team to take the next opportunity to finally get out of the drop zone.

“It’s all hands to the pump, we have fifteen games to go and we have to look at it like this.

“We have to get a certain number of wins and that’s it really, so let’s focus now and really go for it, or we are going to be scrambling last five games.

“I would rather you focus for the next ten and get enough wins out of the next ten games, and then it’s not job done but we will be able to breathe a little bit easier.

“We have got to fight for every single ball, for every inch on the pitch, and that’s the sort of player I want on the pitch. Fighting for every inch, and then start playing football.

“That is the kind of mentality I want really. To really understand the predicament we are in, and also on the flip side to show how close we are to getting out.

“We have had a couple of chances to get out, so we have got to really focus so that when the next chance comes along, we have got to take it and then kick on and go from there.”

Being back at the Moss Rose for the first time since our victory against Oldham is another positive for the team, and Sol called on the fans to get behind the team once more as we look to get a result against The Railwaymen.

“The fans are going to be amazing, for us, our home fans are like having another man on the pitch and I truly believe our players will respond to that.”

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