Macclesfield Town assistant manager Steve Watson says the squad have set the standard with their performance against Aldershot this weekend.
The Silkmen fought hard to earn a well deserved 2-0 victory as they moved to within a point of the top of the table.
Ryan Lloyd opened the scoring in under 30 seconds to rock the visitors, and Elliott Durrell bagged a stunning goal only a few minutes into the second half to effectively settle the game.
Speaking after the match, Watson said: “The lads set the standard against Aldershot. It was a great result last week, but performance wise this week it was as good as any. If you look at the bench – we might not have a huge squad, but it’s full of quality – we’ve got very good players who are fit who can’t make the squad at the moment.
“The lads in the team know that they have to perform to stay in the team, and there’s competition for places. We’ve got a good squad of lads, good footballers and good people. They’ve set the standard now and if they achieve anything like that performance when we face Guiseley on Tuesday night then they’ve got a great chance of getting a third win in a row.”
After convincing back-to-back wins over Torquay and now Aldershot, The Silkmen know continuing in this vein of form could well take them to the pinnacle of the National League as soon as Tuesday, if results allow.
Watson says it is the squad are under no illusions of the task Guiseley present on Tuesday evening, but is confident after seeing such a strong showing against Aldershot.
“We know how the manager sets his teams up and they’re usually very hard to play against,” he said. “Guiseley in the last couple of seasons have tried to play a lot of football and they’re probably in a bit of a transition at the moment.
“We know how hard Paul Cox’s teams work and we’re under no illusions as to how tough it’s going to be, and they need a win. But at the end of the day so do we because we’re going in the right direction.”
By Adam Washbrook