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"It's A Game That We Are Expecting To Win"

21 January 2020

Mark Kennedy is looking forward to his first home game in charge of Macclesfield Town, as we take on Crewe Alexandra in the Cheshire derby this evening.

The 43-year-old believes that it will be a tough test for his players, but one they should relish in front of the Moss Rose faithful.

He said: “Really looking forward to it. They are a really good team who play a lovely style of football. They've got good mix of players in there, playing the right way.

“They're flying high in the league. It was another good result for them on Saturday, so it’ll be a really tough game for us, but one we’re really looking forward to and one we’ll embrace. Especially as it’s a local derby and at home in front of our own fans.”

Macclesfield suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat at Colchester United on Saturday, as Ben Stephens scored a superb second-half volley, but it wasn't enough to grab anything from the contest.

Mark insists that his side can take many positives from the performance in his opening game at the helm, especially out of possession against one of the league’s in-form teams.

“We’re heading in the right direction and there’s some really good stuff from the game on Saturday, particularly out of possession.

"I'm seeing a huge improvement on what I was looking at previously.

“I'm a coach with new ideas. That's what I was looking for which is new to the lads. I was really pleased with elements of that in terms of how we looked tactically out of possession.

“So there was a huge amount of plusses. I keep saying Rome wasn’t built in a day so it will take a little bit of time but really happy.”

Crewe currently sit in third position in Sky Bet League Two, having picked up an impressive 47 points from 26 games so far.

Mark believes that it will be another solid challenge, but feels like anyone can beat anyone in this division.

“I think it will be really tough. They play really good football. They play between the lines. I don’t want to give too much away.

“A really, really good footballing side with some technically very gifted players. Bottom line is that we are playing one of the best teams in the league.

“We lost to Swindon heavily this year but I think anybody can beat anybody on the day - and we’re a good side as well. So it’s a game we’re expected to win.”

Even though Crewe lie in the automatic promotion places, Mark wants to concentrate on ourselves and how we play, but does still keep an eye on the opposition ahead of matches.

“I had a really lovely chat with a League Two manager today and it was nice to hear. My sole interest is the things we’re trying to incorporate into the team.

"How we play. How we are going to do it. We’ll always take a huge interest into the opposition because I’d be a pretty poor coach or manager if I didn’t do that.

"In terms of the threats, weaknesses, strengths, style, little things that might change. Tactical implementations they might bring in but the focus for me is always what we do."

Lastly, Mark praised the loyal Silkmen following and is hoping they can continue their great support ahead of tonight's derby clash.

“We have a great following.. They get behind the team. They are incredibly supportive. If you look back at the past year and the tough times, they stick with the group.

"So I have no doubts that it will be a really good occasion because of what our fans bring and obviously the excitement of the away fans and the size of the group that they’ll bring.”

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