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Sol Campbell: "We Need To Stop Shooting Ourselves In The Foot"

11 February 2019

Macclesfield Town manager Sol Campbell stated that his side need to stop making it difficult for themselves after fighting back to claim a valiant 3-3 draw at home to Crewe Alexandra.

The Silkmen fell behind on three occasions but pegged their opponents back with goals from Scott Wilson, Nathan Cameron and Reece Cole.

And Campbell insists that his side must eradicate their early errors if they are to continue their progress up the Sky Bet League Two table.

“It wasn’t good for the blood pressure, no! It was a very entertaining game, but for us we are climbing Mount Everest by giving goals away. In the last two or three games we have shot ourselves in the foot on many occasions.

“I think really as a team we’ve just got be a lot more focused on the starts. We’re all trying our best and I think we just need to kind of look at the details, look at what the players are doing and just, from back when I used to play, expect the unexpected. That’s what I used to do and I used to feel like I am playing against the best forward in the world and he can do every single thing.

“So I used to say to myself I’ve got to mark and do absolutely everything in my kind of powers and calculate everything what comes through, and that’s it. Instead of thinking well, that forward is not going to make that run or the midfielder’s not going to run – just things like that, you’ve got to expect the unexpected and we’ve got to look at that.

“We responded really well but we keep on shooting ourselves in the foot. In the last dying moments we’re not following our runs. The penalty, well I’m not surer about the penalty but their first goal we weren’t tracking our runners and we were not talking across the line.

“But we responded really well and we scored a fabulous goal. Willo played really, really well.

“We’ve just got to do more. We can’t keep climbing Everest every weekend, we can’t keep giving teams at least two goals – we can’t do it.”

A sublime finish from Scott Wilson chalked up his eighth goal of the season, and Campbell was full of praise for his leading Silkmen scorer.

“It was great technique, he took it really well and he could have had another one as well – it just went past the post. But Scott is willing to learn, and that’s what I like about him.

There was a sense of frustration from the Macclesfield boss though in regards to his team’s performance, and Campbell believes his side need to start translating their work on the training ground out onto the pitch come matchdays.

“I think we done enough. We had to work really hard for our goals. The most disappointing thing for me was that we’re not transferring the stuff that we are doing in training, like keeping the ball, and all of a sudden everything goes out of the window.

“We’ve got to transfer training into the games and stop forgetting what we’re doing. We look a million dollars in the week, and we’ve got more time and space than normal! Yet we still don’t quite pick a pass and I’m thinking to myself it’s something that we need to address.

“We need to be braver to move that training into games.”

In a dramatic finish, it was Reece Cole who popped up at the most important time to rifle the ball home in front of a jubilant Star Lane End.

And Campbell lauded up the on-loan Brentford star, who has acclimatised to his new surroundings extremely well since his arrival three weeks ago.

“Reece can do a lot more. He took the goal fantastically and he is a top player Reece, top player. I’m glad he’s with us he works his socks off, playing in two positions as well and he has a great career ahead of him.

The Silkmen manager was delighted to see the unification of both his team and supporters, in spite of the tension amongst home and visiting supporters, and Campbell was adamant that the spirit displayed can go a long way in Macclesfield’s fight for survival.

“Everyone together. Obviously sometimes it can go over the top and you get shouts and crowd trouble and things like that. But there is a fine line between celebrating and voicing your opinions but the fans are all behind us.

“Both teams can go away and say it was a great game and we’ll move on.

“It’s a point, at least we haven’t lost and we did really well to comeback. That’s the kind of comeback you need to kick on and survive this league. We need more of that and less of the starting slow at the beginning of the game.”

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