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Daryl: "It's Going To Be Tough"

19 October 2019

Macclesfield Town Head Coach Daryl McMahon is looking forward to this afternoon's game, as his side take on Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park.

The Silkmen are unbeaten in their last three matches, picking up five points from a possible nine, but Daryl insists that it’s going to be a tough test.

“Yeah I’m looking forward to it.

“We’ve had a few good performances in the last few weeks. We know it’s going to be tough. Going there for another derby against a side who are off the back of a disappointing result last week.

“I’m sure they’ll want to put it right in-front of their home fans. But again, we’re looking forward to it.”

After last weekend’s derby day victory over Port Vale, Daryl believes that his team can take a lot of confidence from that win and the performance.

“It wasn’t just the victory. We’ve been performing really well over the last few weeks. If we keep performing how we are; results will follow.”

The gaffer admitted that it’s been good that his players have had a free mid-week after such a hectic start to the campaign.

“I think it’s been good. A bit of relaxing time for the players. We’ve had a busy, busy schedule.

“We haven’t got the biggest squad so I think it’s important we give people a rest alongside some training to get ready for Saturday.

“Working on things that I think we’re not doing so well at the moment as well. And keep improving what we are doing so well.”

Oldham come into the clash having not won any of their last four matches, but Daryl is expecting the Lactics to be fired up and ready for the game following last weekend’s 6-1 defeat at Mansfield Town.

“They are a big football club in this division. I know Dino [Maamria] quite well from Stevenage when I worked under him. He’ll get them fired up and ready for the game I’m sure after last week.

“They’re a side that probably wouldn’t want to be where they are in the league table if I’m being honest.

“But all we can focus on is us. We can only control what we do. We can’t control anything that Oldham do so we need to make sure we go and control the controllables for us. That’s what we’ll be looking to do.”

Despite Oldham’s recent poor run of form, Daryl wants to make sure his side start well and be prepared for their fast start.

“I think they’ll come fighting from the off like every team does at home. It’s going to be down to us to quieten the crowd.

“We are obviously the smaller team going to the bigger club, and I’m sure they’ll see it that way. I think we’ve got to make sure as the underdog going into this game that we perform.

“We fight. We stick together. We start well. We get ready for the fast start from them. We expect a fast start from them and we’ve got to match fire with fire from the off.”


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