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Mark: "It Will Be Another Tough Game"

1 February 2020

Mark Kennedy is anticipating another tough test, but believes that it’s a game his side are expected to win, as Macclesfield Town host Northampton Town this afternoon.

The Silkmen fell to only their second defeat in seven matches in mid-week as we suffered a 1-0 loss at Newport County.

Opponents Northampton currently sit in fifth-place in Sky Bet League Two and are unbeaten in their previous eight outings but Mark insisted that he has got a clear idea of how his side want to play.

He said: “It's another really tough game. I keep saying it but we seem to be playing everybody in the play-offs. They [Northampton] had a great result last week and good results in the cup, so they’re a team in good form.

“We’ve got a clear idea of how they play and how we want to play. It’ll be another tough game for us. But I keep saying this every week and I think we’ve proven this since we’ve been in, is that it’s a game we’re expected to win.

“We’ve been very, very close in every game we’ve played to getting those results – haven’t always gone our way. It will be a really tough game.”

Macclesfield are unbeaten in 12 league matches at the Moss Rose, a run that stretches back to mid-August. Mark believes that it is key to keep picking up points at home and wants to continue that good form versus the in-form Cobblers.

“I think one of the keys to any team no matter what league your in is that you’ve got to win your home games, pick up as many points as you can and get results away from home.

“Our record here at home this year has been fantastic, we want to continue that. It’s a tough, tough place to come. I want to make sure we are competitive and we pick up points away from home.

“It’s key at home to pick up as many points as you can. It’s incredibly difficult at any level to win away from home so we’ve got to take advantage at home.”

Following the arrival of young midfielder Harry Hamblin on Transfer Deadline Day from Premier League side Southampton, Mark was delighted to get the deal over the line.

The gaffer also believes that the 20-year-old is going to be a huge asset to the Club and has thanked Matt Hale, who is the Academy Manager at Southampton, for his help in the signing.

“We are really pleased. First and foremost, he’s a young lad with a bright future ahead of him and that’s something I do want going forward. He’s a good kid, he’s come from an outstanding academy.

“He’s got good values in terms of his skillsets; he ticks the boxes that we’re looking for. I’ve got to say a huge thank you to Matt Hale at Southampton because he played a big part in helping us get Harry. He’s a valued member of the elite academy, everybody knows that at Southampton.

“For us to ring up and enquire to get Harry, we couldn’t of done it without his help. We met Harry last night at the ground, he’s a lovely boy and the stuff that I know having watched him – he ticked a lot of boxes.

“Danny Butterfield, who is one of my trusted assistants, has worked with him for an extensive amount of time when he was at Southampton. He is a player that we know quite well and he’ll be a huge asset to what we are trying to do here.”


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