Sol Campbell was pleased with his side’s convincing win against fellow strugglers Yeovil Town on Saturday, banking a massive three points and giving the Silkmen’s survival battle a huge boost.
The stakes were incredibly high prior to kick off, as by 5pm, Macc could have been three, six or nine points from safety. However, goals from James Pearson and Harry Smith ensured it was a happy journey back from Somerset as the Silkmen halved the gap above them.
With the clean sheet as well, it wasn’t far off the perfect day and proves to the manager that the work on the training ground is paying off.
“The lads showed great talent from the first second,” smiled Campbell. “In the build-up to the game, the focus was good, the training was good, and everyone was switched on.
“They [Yeovil] had a few chances to go up in the first 45 minutes, and we had to get it out of our half because they had the wind with them as well. But we survived, scored a couple of goals and we could have had a couple more.
“I told the guys to play without fear. It’s all about producing what we do in training on the field, and everybody did their jobs. It was a great performance from the lads, and we put a really good shift in.”
Every man in a Silkmen shirt played a pivotal role in the win, showing the fight and desire that is needed to stay in the Football League.
Also, it was the perfect time for Pearson to open his account for Macc, earning praise from the manager.
“It was really calm and collected, he passed the ball into the net,” Campbell described. “It’s nice for him to get a goal after being out for such a long time, and Harry led the line and scored another too. It shows the lads are really up for it.
“Scoring two goals is good and a clean sheet is massive for the defence, so overall it’s a fantastic platform to build on. The jobs not done, we’ve got nine cup finals left and we need to get on a run, which we are very capable of doing.
“This game will give confidence to the players, but every game is different. We have got to continue the same attitude and apply ourselves properly both on and off the field.”
It wasn’t just the players and staff who lived up to their roles yesterday afternoon, the fans too were phenomenal, without whom the scene at the bottom of the table could be completely different. Your club needs you now more than ever before.
“They’ve travelled hours and hours to be at the game and we heard them in full voice supporting the team, which is amazing to hear in our situation” said the manager.
“They chanted, they cheered and they are pushed the lads on, so it was a great encouragement. Hats off to all the fans who came.
“Now we have set the tone and we have to make sure we kick on from here.