Head Coach Daryl McMahon has spoke of his excitement ahead of this weekends clash against Port Vale.
After last weekend's 2 - 2 draw away at Cambridge United, Daryl is eager to see the team push on and try to secure maximum points against our near-neighbours.
“We are really looking forward to it. I think we go into the game in decent form – we have played some good stuff.
“I am looking forward to welcoming John back again and I’m sure that there will be a lot of Port Vale fans coming, so I am looking forward to the game.”
Daryl is aware of the importance of Saturday’s match and is keen for the players to remain calm in the emotionally-charged environment that derby matches can often produce.
“I think that you need to control your emotions when you play in these games.
“There will probably be a bigger crowd than normal and a higher intensity than normal in these games, so you have to control your nerves, in both boxes especially.”
Despite having already played Port Vale in the Leasing.com Trophy this season, Daryl was quick to dismiss the relevance of that match due to the number of changes he made to the side for that game.
“I think for that game we had made ten changes to our starting eleven which had been playing.
“I think we’ll have a totally different side out from that night on Saturday, and I’m sure John will as well.”
Although the Silkmen have been putting together a run of good performances, the results have not always been there to match in recent weeks, and Daryl is keen to start turning draws into wins.
“We have had Newport, Colchester and Crawley here who are all in good form; and we have probably been the better side in all of those games, we definitely created the better chances.
“I think we have deserved to win all three as well, I think we have been unlucky.
“I think we have been unfortunate, with a lack of quality in the final third as well with our finishing, but the performances have been really good.”
The players are also keen to continue their good form and Daryl believes that derby matches such as this are ideal platforms for the team to showcase what they are capable of.
“It is exciting. I think these are the games that you look forward to over the course of the season with a big crowd.
“Like you said it is a local derby and you want to show everyone how good you are as a player in these games.
“When you cross the white line, you want to put a performance on.”
Daryl was also keen to thank the supporters who have travelled with the team in recent weeks and hopes your magnificent support will continue come 3:00pm on Saturday.
“We have had a lot of travelling in recent weeks, and they have backed the boys really well - hopefully that will continue on Saturday.”
Speaking on World Mental Health Day, Daryl also wanted to discuss mental health in football and the importance of raising awareness.
“It’s about talking to people, which is really important.
“I think in football where it is predominantly a male environment where you try and mask problems you have sometimes, and you are scared to talk about things.
"Nowadays I think people are becoming a bit more open and more available to talk - I think it’s a really massive, massive cause.”