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Elliott: "We Are Still Fighting"

27 March 2019

The Moss Rose was treated to yet another pulsating encounter last Saturday, as the Silkmen fought back to earn a deserved point in a thrilling 2 - 2 draw against Stevenage. 

Goalscorer Elliott Durrell opened proceedings in the first-half with a composed finish from a Michael Rose assist and the returning forward believes the rescued point against the Boro could be hugely significant in the team’s survival hopes. 

“In the scheme of the game it was massive” said Durrell. 

“Come the end of the season it could be critical.” 

“It’s another point on the board and I think all the other results have gone for us so in the grand scheme of things it could be a massive point come May.” 

A vital point against a side with only one defeat in their previous five league matches could prove a massive result for the Silkmen once the season ends in May, with Danny Whitaker’s stoppage time equaliser potentially posing as one of the monumental moments of the season. 

It was a topsy-turvy game for Sol Campbell and his team with Macclesfield dominating the first-half but failing to be clinical in front of goal. Durrell’s second strike of the season was quickly tarnished by another set-piece goal conceded on the stroke of half-time which left the 29-year-old bitterly disappointed. 

He said: “First half we created a lot of chances. We’ve played in behind quite well, we’ve had a few chances where it looks like we’ve tried to score the perfect goal. 

“But, if someone’s in a better position you do make that pass. It’s not through a want of trying that we miss those chances and we got the goal and I think we were good value for the lead. 

“To concede straight after is disappointing and we’ll address that as that’s not we expect but we’ve shown great character and we’ve scored in the 92nd minute so it feels like a win.” 

It’s been one of the more difficult seasons for the former Wrexham man whose been side-lined for long periods of the campaign following knee surgery. However, Durrell was able to open the scoring at Moss Rose after coolly slotting the ball under Paul Farman for the forward’s first goal since his wonder-strike against Crawley Town in December. 

Durrell’s celebration epitomised his delight as well as relief to be back scoring for the Silkmen with the goal scorer doing a trademark summersault before being mobbed by his jubilant team-mates and Durrell was ecstatic to be back amongst the goals. 

“Obviously delighted”, he said. 

“Delighted to get any goal in any stage of your career. But, it’s about the team and it puts us in a great position. 

“If we would have seen it out before half-time it might have been a different result. We didn’t, but we’ve shown great character to come from behind and get a point.” 

The Silkmen are now only two points away from safety following a miraculous turnaround in their previous two league matches and Durrell believes with a more clinical edge in front of the goal Macclesfield will certainly merit themselves to remain in League Two. 

“We just keep plugging away, it takes a second to score a goal, it doesn’t matter when you get that goal, if it’s an equalising goal or if it’s a winning goal they are priceless”, he said. 

“With the players we’ve got in the team, whether it’s the starting 11 or the players that have come on we know they’ve got goals so we’ve got to keep doing the right things and thankfully it’s fallen to the man with the magic hat (Whitaker) and he’s put it right into the bottom corner which is great for everyone.” 

Campbell’s team travel to runaway league leaders Lincoln City at the weekend with a point to prove. Jason Shackell stole victory for the Imps in the dyeing minutes in the reverse fixture last year and the Silkmen will want to prove they can mix it up with the best in the league once again. 

Once again, Macclesfield are expecting yet another example of the fans fantastic support with many awaiting to make the two-hour journey to Sincil Bank and Durrell hopes to repay the supporters with a late survival charge. 

He said: “The fans have been great. 

“We’ve underachieved for whatever reason this year, but I think they can see that we’re still in there, we’re still fighting, and we are not going to give up until it is mathematically impossible. 

“We’re in a position now where it’s more than in our hands with games coming up that are winnable and going into thinking we are capable of winning this game. We go into every game thinking that. 

“There’s games where you look at in terms of where teams are in the league where we really can go and attack those teams and we’re going to do that and I’m confident, I’ve said it from the start since coming back from my first injury that I’m sure we’ll beat the drop and I still believe that.”

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