Sol Campbell has said that his side are ‘working their socks off’ after Macclesfield started 2019 with a 1-1 draw against Tranmere Rovers.
The Christmas period can be daunting to say the least but the Silkmen have come through a tough run of fixtures to put themselves within touching distance of escaping the relegation zone.
The New Year’s Day stalemate with Tranmere was another big point on the road to survival and Sol is delighted with the shift his players put in during the game and over the festive period.
“Tranmere are a good side and we’re fighting for every point.” Said Campbell.
“That was a big big point for us and that was good, the lads put a fantastic shift in.
“Tranmere are flying high and doing really well this season, they’re a strong team.
“Again, we need to find that final pass, we get into good positions but we just need to utilise those turnovers and get our wingers or forwards in earlier but it’s a fantastic draw for us, after a sucker blow last week.
“I think for us changing it second half tactically was better for us and we were more comfortable with the breaks and their midfield didn’t have as much space on the ball. First-half we kind of backed off and gave them more time, but apart from that we were pretty solid.
“We had a couple of chances here and there, but the we need to work on fashioning chances a little bit more.
“Everybody’s working their socks off and it’s hard work over the Christmas period, but the team have done fantastically well.”
It’s just over a month since Sol Campbell took the helm at the Moss Rose and he’s already been impressed with the players’ work ethic and as the Silkmen extended their unbeaten run at home to four games, Campbell says he’s pleased with the progression he’s seen but wants to carry on the good work.
“I see the guys training every day and working hard every day and it gives me confidence that a month ago, maybe this game would have been out of sight.
“I think the guys have improved and everybody’s got their fitness levels up to a decent level and there is still more there.
“I’m a demanding guy, I want more from the players and I know there’s more in them and we’ll get there, so there’s a lot to work on but the lads have put a great shift in over the Christmas period - we’ve just got to keep going.
“There’ll be players coming in over January because we’re very light on numbers. We’ve just got to get the right players in.
“We’re looking at everything (both loan moves and permanent transfers). I’ve been in that situation, you play all those games in such a short space of time - physically and mentally its hard for the lads.
“We’re down to the bare bones but the lads have sucked it up and given a good performance which shows how far the team have come.”