John Askey is expecting a tough game when his side host Eastleigh on Saturday (3pm), but is confident that his team can match anybody in the division.
Macclesfield head into the fixture with the Spitfires on the back of the defeat to Dagenham and Redbridge on Tuesday night. But they remain level on points with Dover at the top of the National League table.
Opponents, Eastleigh, on the other hand, are currently 19th in the table; picking up just four wins from their opening 17 games.
However, despite Eastleigh’s slow start, Askey insists the quality in their line-up will be a match for his side.
He said: “It’s a funny situation they’re in because they’ve got some really good players. On their day they can be very good.
“Obviously, it hasn’t been their day very often this season, for whatever reason, so they’re struggling a bit.
“But, they’ve got players who can cause a threat, score goals and they’re a physical team. It’s just up to use to play how we’re doing and I know that, when we do, we’re a match for anyone in this league.”
Saturday’s game will be the first time that Macclesfield have played at home since October 7th. A 5-0 win in the FA Cup at Stourbridge was followed by back-to-back away games at Leyton Orient and Dagenham and Redbridge. Askey admits that it is nice to play in front of the Moss Rose faithful again.
"Obviously it’s nice to to be playing at home again. To be where we are in the league and play on home soil gives everyone a lift and I’m sure the fans will be right behind us.
“Hopefully it will push us on to a win.”
By Steven Dale.