Assistant manager Steve Watson believes the players will learn from what he describes as a ‘tough week’ when they line-up to face Dover on Friday.
Macclesfield host the Whites in the re-arranged Friday night fixture before travelling the short journey to Chester for the Cheshire derby on Bank Holiday Monday.
Watson was reflecting on Saturday’s game at Gateshead and admitted that the players will need to improve from their performances in the last two games if they are going to take all three points at the weekend.
“It’s been a tough week,” Watson said, “but we’re back on the training pitch now and aiming to put it right.
“We’ve got two games coming up now in a quick space of time so we haven’t got time to be doom and gloom or down in the dumps – it’s our job now to lift the lads. It’s all about looking forward to Friday and Monday now and games we’ll look to get points from.
“The free week on the training pitch will help us to get back to the levels that we expect from a good group of players.”
The assistant manager also said that this season’s squad could be a challenge for anybody in the league.
“We’re really happy with the players we’ve got but, obviously, in a couple of occasions the results haven’t come in yet.
“We believe that, when we get the team firing, that we’ll be a challenge for anybody again.
“This team hasn’t been built to stay in the league, we’ve built it to make the play-offs. That’s what we’re trying to do.”
By Steven Dale.