Assistant coach Steve Gritt spoke to Silkmen TV ahead of our visit to Cambridge United tomorrow and is hopeful that the team will be able to secure a positive result against the U’s.
With the absence of a midweek fixture ahead of the game, Steve is hopeful that the extra work that the coaching staff have done with the team will pay off tomorrow.
“We are looking forward to it with the game on the back of a good performance last week.
“We have had a good week with the lads this week and they have also had a bit of time off as well because of the intensity of the programme that we have had for the last two months.
“Obviously with a young squad we have got to be very mindful of what that can do to them.”
After a busy period of fixtures, Macc do not have a midweek match for the next two weeks, and Steve is hoping that the coaching staff can use this time to work more closely with the team.
“Absolutely, and we look forward to the next couple of weeks as well to get some quality work done with the squad which, so far, we haven’t really been able to do because of the amount of games that we have had to play.”
After a strong home display against Colchester United last weekend, Steve is hopeful that the confidence gained from that display will help the team kick on and produce another positive display against Cambridge.
“I certainly hope so, it should do. It should give the lads a lot of confidence going forward.
“Generally, we think they have played quite well, and defensively we have been fairly solid, and that is something we are looking to build on.
“It’s a positive platform to look at going forward we will obviously be looking to score more goals, which we know has been a problem, but it’s not as if we haven’t been creating chances and that’s something that we are looking to do more of.”
Despite being an away fixture, the coaching staff are looking to get the team off on the front foot and try and take the game to Cambridge early on.
“We will try to be on the front foot again on Saturday, it is important that we try to do that.
“We do not want to sit back and wait to see what happens, I think we want to make sure we go there with a positive frame of mind which we started with last week against Colchester and this week will be no different.
“We will be going there to try and get three points, and to do that we have to have a very positive mindset.”
Despite this, Steve is aware of the threats our hosts are capable of posing and is not taking our opponents lightly.
“They have got a good squad, he [Colin Calderwood] is putting a very good squad together. They have got some experienced players and have started reasonably well this season and I’m sure now that with all the comings and goings this week of the club being taken over, I believe, I’m sure that they will be looking to kick on now for the rest of the season.
“I am sure that there will be some pressure on them, probably more so than there will be on us, but that is something that we can look forward to.
“We will be mindful of the fact that they are a decent side and that they have some good players and some dangerous players up front, and we have got to be careful that we don’t switch off on the day but go there very positive with the aim of getting three points.”
Steve was also keen to thank our loyal supporters and hopes to be able to reward those of you making the trip tomorrow with a positive display.
“Hopefully the weather will get better as we get further south, but we are always very, very grateful to the fans who turn up.
“I’m sure there will be the merry band down there that we normally get at away games, and I just hope that we can put on a performance for them.”