The Silkmen are back at the Moss Rose for the second time this week, as we prepare to take on Mark Cooper’s Forest Green Rovers.
Callum Ainsley’s late goal deep into second half stoppage time saw Crewe escape with a point in Tuesday evening’s Cheshire Derby, and the players will be keen to bounce back come 3:00pm.
Last Time Out
This is our second meeting with Forest Green in less than a month; with Farrend Rawson’s header condemning us to a narrow defeat at The New Lawn at the end of December.
Our last meeting with Rovers at the Moss Rose came in September 2018, with Scott Wilson scoring to cancel out Dayle Grubb’s opener.
Rovers have struggled for form since our last meeting, with a dramatic 4-3 victory against Mansfield Town their only success in that period.
A draw away at Crawley and defeats to Exeter City and Salford City, both of whom finished the game with ten players, has done little to help Rovers’ playoff push.
Ones to Watch
Joseph Mills has been Forest Green’s star man so far this season, with his eight goals and six assists made all the more impressive by his position; Mills operates as either a left winger or left back for FGR.
Farrend Rawson, whose header was the difference when we last met at the end of December, is an imposing centre back who has developed into more of an offensive threat from set pieces in recent weeks.
It is also worth noting the arrival of Birmingham City starlet Odin Bailey, who joined Rovers on loan from the Championship outfit yesterday.
View from The Dugouts
Mark Cooper spoke highly of the Silkmen in his pre-match comments, this is what he had to say ahead of the game:
"Macclesfield have a totally different style. The manager has changed, and they have gone totally the other way and are full on, in your face and try and press.
“I've been impressed by what I have seen in the last couple of games.”
Meanwhile, Macc Head Coach Mark Kennedy had this to say:
“They play a fantastic brand of football, are doing well in the league and have done a fantastic job there to come to where they are in the last few years, to rise up through the leagues.
“I said this against Crewe, it’s a game I’m expecting to win and a game I expect us to equip ourselves to do very well in.”
For more on this afternoon's visitors, take a look at the complete history of Forest Green's visits to the Moss Rose by clicking here.