Assistant manager Steve Watson has said that his players must believe in themselves after yesterday’s 2-1 win over AFC Fylde.
Scott Wilson’s 90th minute strike was the difference between the two side’s as Macclesfield kept all three points at Moss Rose on a wet and windy night.
However, after a solid first half performance, Watson felt the team were dragged into a scrap for the ball and need to believe more in themselves to get onto the front foot.
Speaking after the game to Macclesfield Town’s official YouTube channel Silkmen TV, Watson said;
“We said to the lads we have to start believing in ourselves more. We have some very good players, but with our first half dominance we only got one goal, which again is disappointing. It’s always tough when teams are going to come out in the second half and come at you, but we have to play better football and stick to what were good at.
“We got caught up in a long ball melee in the game, but there’s lots of things that pleased us, some of the football we played in the first half was some of the best we’ve seen this season.
“With a pitch like this tonight it should suit us with the ball zipping around with the speed we try to play at, and we carved out a lot of chances, but we went through a half hour spell in the second half where we turned it into a little bit of a scrap.
“They scored a goal which gave them a little bit of a leg up, but we composed ourselves again for the last 10/15mins and started to get into their box repeatedly and again missed a couple of decent chance in their half.
“We should’ve gone out full of confidence in the second half after a great first half and forced them straight back again but we started slowly.
“We have to overcome that because it’s a mental thing but like I say it’s just having a bit more belief that we’ve got the quality to put our foot down against teams and bury them and that’s what we hope we can learn from again.”
The Silkmen have now won four games in their last five but Watson wasn’t getting carried away with Macclesfield’s good form and is keeping his feet firmly on the ground.
“People do say we’re moving up the table but it’s irrelevant at this stage, all we can do is keep winning. Everybody’s playing each other at this stage and the table has changed again tonight, all we can do is keep winning.
“We’ve got Maidstone on Saturday and there’s no easy games in this league, so they’re coming thick and fast and a game we have to be confident of winning.
“Now with two back to back wins we need to push on for the third because it not really happened much for the past couple of seasons and that’s what we’ve been trying to install into the players with that belief that we can win.”
By Andrew Gate