Mark Kennedy is anticipating another tough challenge, when his Macclesfield Town side take on Salford City at the Moss Rose this afternoon.
Last weekend’s defeat to Crewe Alexandra marked the gaffer’s 10th game in charge following his appointment in mid-January and Mark has been pleased with the progress shown since he joined the club.
He said: “I keep going back to where we were when we came in and where we are now. We’ve spoken a lot about playing the top seven teams or the top ten clubs, but when we play the teams in the bottom-half of the table; I’m not expecting an easier game. I’m not expecting us to all of a sudden go and start winning three or four nil.
“Obviously the difference between the top and bottom will be decision-making and consistency, so I’m expecting really tough games. But where we are and where we started with the teams we’ve had to play to begin with – I think lads deserve an extraordinary amount of credit for where they are today. They’ve extended the lead on the team who is bottom of the league and I’ve clearly seen progress.
“If we look at the stats and figures from the games going forward, certainly since we changed the system, there has been a huge emphasis on being more effective in the final third and we’ve seen that in terms of more shots on goal, final third entries and crosses. The finishing touch is putting the ball in the back of the net - but we’re working on it.”
After a hectic schedule of five matches in fourteen days, the Silkmen were without a game in mid-week and Mark believes it has been a positive week at the club all around, as his team prepared to face The Ammies.
“We’ve had a very positive week. We are quite fortunate here that we’ve got 4G and stuff, so we are able to get outside and get our training done because the weather has been pretty bad.
“So we’ve had a good week in terms of that and we’ve also had an opportunity to watch another League Two opposition that we’ll have in a few weeks. So it’s been positive all round.”
Salford currently sit mid-table in what represents their first-ever season in Sky Bet League Two and are the division’s most in-form away side over the last ten matches - with six wins and two draws.
Mark is looking forward to hosting Graham Alexander's side, and the 43-year-old insists that they have a strong squad, which will provide a stern test for his players.
“Look, they’re a very good side with a very good manager. It’s pretty obvious that they have a very strong squad.
“It’s going to a really tough game, but I’m delighted to have the opportunity to play such a good club at home.
"They’ll bring a load of fans and we’ll have a few extra on the day - it’s certainly one of the games on the calendar that at you look forward to at the start of the season."