Underdogs undaunted by Trophy odds
MACCLESFIELD Town captain Andy Halls is confident his side can overcome the odds and defeat Tranmere on Saturday in the FA Trophy semi-final second leg.
Rovers are favourites for the tie after a 1-1 draw at the Moss Rose last weekend, with the winners booking a place in the final at Wembley.
While it will be a difficult task for Macc, Halls believes they can spring the upset.
“I don’t see why we can’t win. We’ve beat Tranmere already this season and played really well,” he told the club’s official website.
“It’s a great chance to get to Wembley. I’ve been there a few teams to watch but I’ve never played there and I’m guessing it’s the same for a lot for the lads in the dressing room.
“I think we can compete against any teams from this league. I think our 4-2 win against Tranmere was our best game of the season and hopefully we win again.”
The Silkmen reached this stage after a 2-0 victory over Dulwich Hamlet last week, and Halls felt they could have won by even more.
“We had chances at the end. It was scrappy but we had chances to win it and wrap the game up. I think in the grand scheme of things we could have scored more but we can’t be too greedy,” he said.
“I think in the first half we put our foot down straight from the off and got the two goal lead and we won our battles and that’s all we can ask for.
“Obviously the main thing was to win because going to their place and drawing 2-2 in the original tie wasn’t ideal, and thankfully we started the replay really well. In the second half we were able to see the game out but it was still difficult and it was a bit of a battle and a bit of a scrap, but we stood up to the challenge and at the end of the day it was a win and a clean sheet.”