Sol Campbell has spoken of the importance of togetherness between the team and the fans - as we look to secure our Sky Bet League Two status against Cambridge United this afternoon.
The Manager insists that the team are fully prepared for the task that awaits at the Moss Rose today, and that maintaining focus is key to securing the right result.
“I think it will be a good game, the lads are definitely up for it.
“It is a massive game, but we want to take the fact that it is a massive game out of it and make sure that they are concentrated, single-minded and that everyone is together as we look to get over the line.
“They have shown great character, last week was fantastic and I think the confidence has grown over the last two or three months, and that is pleasing to see.
“We have had some big results over the last six weeks or so that have put us in this position, and there is just one more step to go, one more battle to win the war.”
After last weeks’ crucial victory against Port Vale, a draw would be enough to secure our league status for next term due to our goal difference, and Sol is eager to see a similar level of focus and commitment from the players this afternoon.
“For the ninety plus minutes we have got to do it again, and that is what it is all about. Making sure the guys are ready mentally and physically.
“All of those things come into it to make sure that they get over the line and are ready.
“You don’t really want to be in this position, and it is what it is, but it is in our hands. We just have to keep on pushing, and make sure that we get over the line.”
When it comes to our visitors, Sol appreciated the potential threat that they pose and is keen for the team to be aware of the ways in which they could trouble us today.
“They are a very forward thinking side and very mobile, so we have got to make sure that we are on that; closing them down in different scenarios, and then we have to start playing our football, be direct, and make sure we boss the game in certain scenarios and be quick on our breaks and make sure that we are decisive in front of goal.
“We are getting the chances; we just need to be a bit more clinical in front of goal.
“For us, it is all about big characters. Against Port Vale, Fitzy has come up and scored, but it could have been a bit different had we been a bit sharper in front of goal, it would have been a bit easier game-wise, and then obviously there was James Pearson against Yeovil.
“There have been a lot of big performances, defensive performances, and that is key that everyone has turned up and put a shift in.
“That’s what we need really, we need to do that again for the last game and then we can get over the line. But we can’t rest on our laurels because anything can change, you have to respect the game, it’s not over and we have to make sure that we are on it.”
Despite encouraging the Silkmen to play an attractive brand of football during his time at the Moss Rose to date, Sol concedes that the result is the only thing that matters this afternoon, regardless of how we get it.
“I won’t care how we win, just that we get over the line.
“That is what it is all about. It is like cup games, it’s just about getting in the hat, it doesn’t matter how you get there, just that you get there.
“We need that tunnel vision, not playing wise, but focus wise so that we can look to get over the line and do whatever we need to be strong, to get our passing moves in, get our headers, get our blocks and really galvanise everyone to get behind the team.”
The Manager was also keen to thank our fans for all your support this season, and is hopeful that with your support, we can all celebrate the retention of our league status come the final whistle.
“The fans have been fantastic, obviously they have maybe thought that it was a different scenario a few months ago, hopefully they believe that Macclesfield have a chance, and that is what it is all about.
“From the stands, and also from the players. Big, big characters.
“There have been some massive performances from some of the guys, and they have deserved to be in this position, and we will go again.
“That’s what it is all about, we will fight, go toe to toe, and let’s get over the line together.”