Defender Jared Hodgkiss said the lads need to get some rest, now that the “relentless” Christmas period has finally come to a close.
Unfortunately, The Silkmen could not muster any points on Saturday to conclude their festive fixtures on a high – a sign that the fatigue was starting to take its toll.
However, Sol Campbell’s men have a week-long break until their next match with Grimsby Town on Saturday, which Hodgkiss believes is crucial for his team after such an unforgiving month of football.
“It’s relentless. You need to watch what you eat and watch what you drink,” said Hodgkiss when speaking to Silkmen TV. “It’s just relentless.
“You are in everyday, getting your massages if you’re playing, and if you’re not playing then you’re doing all you can to keep fitness up, but that’s what makes English football, so I can’t complain.
“When you lose you just want to play the next game as quick as possible and we have to wait a week for that now, but it will be good for the gaffer and the physio, and a few of the lads who will be able to rest up.”
Jared reiterated Campbell’s calls for the squad to recover and regroup, which is so important now after the blow against Swindon Town at the weekend – a result which our title-winning skipper was disappointed with.
“We put in a good shift over Christmas and to lose in the way that we did is so frustrating. A draw would have been the fair result, but obviously it wasn’t to be.
“No one means to miss the target or miss chances, but if we go into half-time 2 - 0 up, then they’ve got to come onto us and maybe we can counter-attack them. It was a tough one to take.”
Yet, in a way, it was a bitter sweet afternoon for the 32-year-old, who made his first appearance since Macclesfield’s away trip to Milton Keynes Dons in November.
“It was hard work, but it’s nice to have been back out on the pitch. You can’t beat playing football for a living. It’s the best job in the world.”
By Matt Bates