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Danny: "It's Going To Be A Great Game"

11 January 2020

Danny Whitaker is hoping his side can push on from last weekend’s huge win, as Macclesfield Town take on Oldham Athletic at the Moss Rose in Sky Bet League Two this afternoon.

The Silkmen secured a much-needed three points against Cambridge United thanks to Arthur Gnahoua’s early strike and Danny wants to see his players work hard and do the basics brilliant like they did on January 4th.

“It’s going to be a great game, first and foremost" he said.

"There’s going to be a lot of fans there so we’ve just got to do what we did last weekend basically.

“Do the basics brilliant which is what the lads did and see what happens off the back of that because that’s all you can do at the end of the day.

“Go out there with the intent to work hard, get the better of your opponent and whatever will be will be.”

Last Saturday’s victory was Macclesfield’s first since October despite drawing six of our last eight outings and Danny believes that it was nice to get three points, but also reiterated that it was only one match.

He said: “Winning games breeds confidence; we all know that. It’s obviously nice not to lose but when you’ve drawn as many as we have, it feels like you’re never going to win.

“So it was nice to get that win but I’ve just said to the lads that it’s only one game. You’ve got to push on and make it two games, three games or four games if you can. Try and turn that corner and start looking up the league.”

Danny will be without goalkeeper Owen Evans after the 23-year-old was recalled by his parent club, Wigan Athletic on Thursday and the interim head coach was sad to see him go, but insists that his side must move on.

“It was sad [to see Owen go], but that’s football at the end of the day. We know it happens when you’ve got players on loan; anything can happen.

“You can get called back in 24 hours or get called back in January like they have done. But it’s just one of them things, we’ve just got to move on and it’s a great chance for Reice [Charles-Cook] to step in and stake his claim.”

Danny commented on Reice Charles-Cook, who is poised to make his EFL debut for the club, and the 39-year-old wants to see him step up and show what he can do.

“He’s a good goalkeeper, first and foremost. He’s played a good level. It’s not like he hasn’t played before so he’s got good pedigree.

"So it’s time for him to step up and show that he can be a number one and stake his claim.”

Macclesfield have already beaten Oldham this season, as Jak McCourt’s late winner sealed a vital victory in Greater Manchester and Danny admitted that a lot has changed since that game for both sides, but now wants his team to focus on themselves.

“A lot has changed since then. We are in a different place. They’re in a different place. They’ve got different players and will potentially a different way from what they did when we played them at their place.

“So we’ve just got a forget about that really and just concentrate on ourselves – what we did well from the game before and just hit the ground running.”


By Kieran King.

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