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Sol Campbell: "They're All Big Games For Us Now"

26 January 2019

 Sol Campbell previewed his sides Sky Bet League Two trip to Cheltenham Town this afternoon as yet another crucial fixture as the Silkmen look to maintain their winning momentum.

Macclesfield came from a goal behind last week to record an excellent 2-1 victory over Oldham Athletic and earn their first back-to-back league wins since November – when Campbell first arrived at the club.

And the Macclesfield boss believes his team must do everything they can to build on what they have achieved already as they claw their way up the league table.

“They’re all big games for us now. We’ve put ourselves in a good position, we have to just try and maintain what we’re doing really. Keep on working hard, do the right things and yes we’re up for it and we’re ready for it.

“It’s about momentum now, but you can’t lose sight of working hard and doing the right things.

“We don’t have the luxury of being in a position to let games go and it will go all the way. So we’re in this position, we’ve put ourselves in a really good position for now but it’s all about maintaining it and keeping it going. We won’t lose sight of the prize and we won’t lose sight of working hard and remember how we got here and put ourselves into this position.

“It’s all about building and ensuring we do the right things and we keep it going. Everybody has got a job to do and everyone’s got to chip in, but the main thing is that we’ve got to be focused and looking to get a good result.”

The hosts this afternoon hover just two points above the Silkmen heading into this vital encounter after enduring a run of three straight league defeats.

The Robins last victory came on New Years Day when they thumped fellow relegation rivals Yeovil Town 4-1 at Huish Park, and Campbell insists that today’s fixture will be a tough prospect.

“They will be keeping the ball a lot so we will be mindful of that. But we don’t want to let them have too much of the ball, we need the ball ourselves and we have to impose ourselves and make a game of it. We need to go for it really, but in an intelligent way because it’s going to very much be a footballing game - they do like to play their football.

“I think it will be a nice game for the neutral to watch, but obviously we’re looking at the bigger picture and we need to keep the momentum going and keep those results coming.

“I think we need to get a good result, for sure. We need to keep it going.”

A Macclesfield win this afternoon could see the Silkmen rise out of the relegation zone and Campbell believes it would be a true testament to how his side have applied themselves in recent weeks.

But the Silkmen boss warns there is little room for complacency if they are to achieve their main long-term ambition of staying in the division.

“I think for me that says a lot about us performance-wise and how we have applied ourselves. The game goes well for us, but it’s not just about the game – we’ve got to keep it going. You can easily lose sight you know of how one game and it’s over. We’ve got a long season, we’ve got to keep it going and we can’t afford to take the foot off the pedal.

“We can’t go and say we’re out of the relegation zone and then we stop playing so we drop back into it. We can’t do it, we can’t afford to do it. We’ve got to make sure we’re hungry, we’re proper – every game is a cup final for us. We’ve literally got to get a really good run, a proper run, to pierce this league and get up the table.

“It’s going to be hard work for us for at least another 10 games, and we’ve really got to go for it.

“I won’t allow that to happen. It’s so easy to get sucked back in. It’s a mental thing to move on, and we’re getting that mental strength within the team and that mental toughness that you need in games to see out games. You also need it to compete in games as well, all over the pitch.

“The main thing is once we get there, we need to keep it moving. We can’t afford to stop, it’s all about momentum and doing the right things.

With a week remaining in the January transfer window, Campbell was tight-lipped about any potential recruitments coming through the door at Moss Rose.

“I’m not going to say, because last time I nearly got a couple of players and they’ve gone, for whatever reason. So I’d rather just say that we’re looking around and if something can happen, please God let it happen and it actually goes through, then we will be really happy and you will be the first to know.”

A large number of Silkmen faithful will be making the 222-mile round-trip south to Cheltenham this afternoon, and Campbell was extremely grateful for the excellent support his sides receives week in, week out.

“The support has been fantastic. The away fans have been incredible. Please keep on supporting us, we’re going to be trying our best and work hard and see if we can get the right result for us.”


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