Macclesfield Town Manager Daryl McMahon says he expects another close game this weekend as the Silkmen face Grimsby Town for the third time already this season.
Having visited Blundell Park twice already this term due to clubs’ first Carabao Cup clash being abandoned, McMahon admits it’s a place his side know well already.
“Three times in quick succession obviously, it’s a place we know pretty well already so we’re looking forward to it now.”
The Silkmen boss has also admitted that such close fixtures with Grimsby will give the Mariners an insight into his side.
“It gives them an insight about us as well playing so close together, there probably won’t be lots of changes in the players either.
“We both put out pretty strong teams in the games previously we know each other really well I think so it will be who players better on the day, who battles better on the day.”
The two sides’ last meeting was less than two weeks ago when Macclesfield suffered a painful penalty shootout defeat at Blundell Park, yet McMahon admits that it does not necessarily give his side an edge going into this one.
“Yes and no, a little bit I suppose you know on the night they won the game and they have that great tie coming up on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge but it’s all about the three points now on Saturday and we’re looking to get the win.”
Despite missing out on a trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in the cup, McMahon admits that the league is the primary focus.
“Yeah the league is the bread and butter.
“You can’t deny that we would love to go to Stamford Bridge as well, of course I’m not going to lie about that but it’s back to the league games now and we’re looking forward to going there and putting on another good performance and hopefully the three points.”
Macclesfield’s last away outing was a 3-0 defeat to Swindon Town a week ago which McMahon has described the meeting as ‘men against boys’.
“Yeah you probably look at the Swindon game, on the day it was men against boys if I’m being honest, they played really well we didn’t.
“It’s the first game since I’ve been here and the first game of the season that we haven’t been at our competitive best it’s been the only one so far and we’re going to make sure it doesn’t happen again and we’ve got to make sure that we’re building on what we did on Tuesday night against a good Newport team.
"Hopefully we can play as well as that again.”
The gaffer has said that he expects a tactical game this weekend following two goalless draws in their two previous clashes.
“I think it will be a tactical game in the sense that you look at the previous two and they’ve been 0-0 so they’ve been close games obviously.
“In the first half of the second game I thought we were the better team, and in the second half I thought they were the better team in that game, so they’ve been close games and obviously been 0-0.
“There is lots of good players on these teams, lots of good attacking players as well so we’ll see what happens tomorrow but I’m expecting it to be another close game and probably a little bit of a tactical game.”
There have only been 10 fixtures played in League Two so far this term, yet the boss insists that is enough to start thinking about the club’s position in the division.
“I think after ten games you can look at it and picture where you are and start chasing or staying away from somewhere depending on where you are.
“I think as well because I said this numerous times, we’re so young as well we’re going to build as the season goes on, I think that’s the point we have to have in our minds as well and I do tend to take each game at a time and not look to far ahead I don’t look too far behind either, on to the next one and get ready for this one.”
Having been at the helm for over a month now, McMahon reflected on his time at the Moss Rose thus far.
“I’m really enjoying it, I’ve really enjoyed it so far I think that the players are fantastic to work with.
“The staff have been terrific as well, as are the fans in the games and the training days, so I think me and Gritt’s in particular, we’ve began to grate ourselves into the club over this five-week period and we’re really enjoying it.”
The 35-year-old also gave an injury update ahead of the trip to Grimsby.
“We’ve got one or two that are carrying little bits and bobs but we see about that tomorrow morning, hopefully they’ll be okay for tomorrow.”
Finally, as always McMahon sent a message to the Macclesfield faithful.
“They have been terrific, travelling again and hopefully we can give you a good performance and build on what we did Tuesday night.”