Sol Campbell admitted his side need to be more clinical in front of goal if they’re to start picking up the results that performances have warranted.
Jak McCourt’s late winner for Swindon Town last week shadowed the last minute goal for Carlisle United before the new year and Campbell believes his side have learnt from their mistakes as they look to climb their way up the Sky Bet League Two table.
“Well we have to get our last game out of the way because it was cruel at the end, we’ve got to learn from that. We’ve also got to put our chances away and we’ve got to go out with a positive attitude and do the right things, but go again – that’s the most important thing. We have been regrouping and we are in good shape".
The nature in which the Silkmen conceded defeat last week was a cruel blow, but Campbell believes his team can take the result with a pinch of salt and can translate it into positive energy.
“I think we have to, that’s the only way we can address things. We’ve done a lot on the training field and we’ve had a lot of discussions as well, I think it’s important to try and clear the air and make sure everyone is on the same page.
“We’ve just got to keep on doing the right things and go again with a positive attitude.”
The Silkmen travel to Blundell Park this afternoon to face Grimsby Town, and the Macclesfield boss is convinced his side have the ability to take the game to their opponents.
“I think for us, we’ve really got to set our stall out first. We’ve got to be solid, we’ve got to be strong but they’re at home – the onus is one them to attack. We’ve got to absorb that and then impose ourselves on the game.
“So we’ve just got to keep it going with a positive attitude and be ready – expect the unexpected. But we’re in great shape, other than the couple of results not going our way in the last dying embers of the game, we will have to rectify that and be a bit more switched on at the back end of the games, but we should be fine.
“We’re fashioning good chances, we’re making good chances – we just have to execute them and have that little bit of luck in front of goal and then we’ll be ok because we’ve had chances.”
The end of the festive period means a less chaotic game schedule, and with it Campbell is adamant that the extended rest period is of a significant benefit to a team that have bore the brunt of injuries and fatigue.
“Well for me, it gives us a break for the players. I think the Christmas period took its toll on us. We were decimated – our midfield guys were tired, and the suspension with Harry as well, it really put pressure on the team because everyone had to play every single game and the lads done really, really well to get through that.
“Now the focus is on how we are approaching games, especially in the last third. We need to be a bit more clinical in front of goal so we’ve been able to work on things, and work on the opposition and things like that. At the same time, we can also get a bit of a rest as well.
“Callum Evans should be back training next week, so that’s a big plus for us – he’s a really good player. The others are long term, so we’re talking another month to six weeks for most of those players, as we’ve had a couple of players who have had operations in the last week.”
The January transfer window is now in full swing, and Campbell has been busy with the signings of Adam Dawson and Enoch Andoh but admits that more signings are expected to make their way through the door at the Moss Rose.
“I’m not going to name names as I don’t want to jinx it as we want them to sign on the dotted line! It’s going to be a busy month for us and we need some players in for sure. I think some good loans would be good as well, but yes we should be getting some signings in.
“We’re going to go for who we can. We will lose some and we will be able to get some others, so sometimes it’s a bit of a cat and mouse scenario going on in January. The main thing for me is that I want to improve the squad because we’ve got some big injury’s and we need to fill those spaces. It also helps as when those guys come back in, it can only improve the squad and the team.
“We want to bolster our team as we don’t want the momentum to slow down, we want to keep it going.”
The fixture at Grimsby will see a large contingent of Silkmen supporters make the 218-mile round trip to Lincolnshire, and Campbell couldn’t be grateful enough for the fantastic backing his side receives on a weekly basis.
“As I said before, the fans are fantastic and we totally appreciate every time they come at home and the guys that travel away as well. Obviously it’s a long way, but they’re supporting the club and it’s great and I thank you for keeping on and supporting us.”