Wat­son calls for be­lief from Macc

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHELDAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town as­sis­tant man­ager Steve Wat­son feels that his play­ers need to be­lieve in them­selves more if they are to achieve suc­cess this sea­son.

The Silk­men are on a poor run of form in the league, hav­ing failed to win any of their last six Na­tional League matches, leav­ing them in 11th spot in the di­vi­sion.

Their lat­est de­feat came on Satur­day when they were beaten 1-0 at home to league lead­ers For­est Green Rovers, and Wat­son thinks the team need to show more self-con­fi­dence.

“The lads some­times need to be­lieve in them­selves more and be­lieve they’re as good as teams like For­est Green,” he said.

“On our day we’re as good as any­body in the league but we’ve lost four big home games now so we need to start dom­i­nat­ing at home and start­ing games bet­ter.”

Mac­cles­field will now try to re­turn to win­ning

‘We’ve lost four big home games. We need to start dom­i­nat­ing at home and start­ing games bet­ter’

ways when they make the trip to the Recre­ation Ground to face Alder­shot Town on Satur­day.

The match see the Silk­men go up against an­other pro­mo­tion hope­ful, and Wat­son is ex­pect­ing a tough match.

“Alder­shot are a good side and we watched them last week when they played For­est Green, so we’re ex­pect­ing a sim­i­lar game,” he said.

“They’re good op­po­si­tion but we haven’t been too bad away from home this sea­son so we are ca­pa­ble of win­ning.

“We don’t get too ex­cited and over the top when we win so we won’t be get­ting too down af­ter los­ing to For­est Green last week­end.”

Alder­shot cur­rently sit sev­enth in the Na­tional League ta­ble, just two points out­side the play-off places.

They head into the match with the Silk­men on the back of a 3-3 draw with sec­ond­placed Lin­coln City on Satur­day.

One blow for Mac­cles­field ahead of the game is the in­jury suf­fered to Paul Lewis dur­ing the match against For­est Green at the Moss Rose.

Wat­son is un­sure at this stage just how se­ri­ous the set­back could be, but ad­mits he may be miss­ing for a while.

“Paul Lewis suf­fered a nasty in­jury in what was prob­a­bly the only bad tackle of the game, and that was the one the ref­eree let go,” he said.

“I’m as big an ad­vo­cate as any­body on keep­ing con­tact in the game be­cause it is a con­tact sport, but he left that go un­pun­ished and now we have lost a player for good­ness knows how long.”

Peter Hil­ton Pho­tog­ra­phy

Ac­tion from Mac­cles­field’s game against For­est Green Rovers

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