Saturday 9th March 2019 marks the start of a week which is arguably the most important week of our season thus far where we will have two home games against high flying opponents in the Dons of Milton Keynes followed by the Grecians of Exeter City on Tuesday 12th March 2019, and then the Silkmen go west to a crucial six pointer against the Glovers of Yeovil Town; one of our main relegation threatened rivals a week this Saturday.
Sol Campbell has frequently espoused the view that ‘every game is a cup final to the end of the season‘ ideology during his interviews, but the sad fact is that the rhetoric has so often NOT matched the reality as the rather grim statistic of only three points out of the last eighteen and performances of quality in only one half in a number of games so poignantly highlights this IMHO. The truly dismal and heartbreaking display at Bury led to the first signs that the Silkmen faithful have started to become increasingly restless with the approach of Sol in recent weeks where he has played a number of players who the huge majority of our fiercely fan-base (including yours truly) believe to be markedly inferior to those bizarrely warming the bench and standing like piffey on a rock at Sol’s side.
The hugely popular and intensely loyal all round nice guy Danny Whitaker has by his own admission indicated that he is is fit to play, but sadly has been reduced to the role of Sol’s shadow in recent weeks. This is utterly ludicrous as a true Silkmen legend who is arguably one of the best midfielders ever to wear a Silkmen shirt is not where he should be now, providing all his cultured know how into driving the Silkmen forward to the crucial number of wins that could lead us to safety come the 4th of May 2019. Elliott Durrell is a real fans favourite who really does have the ability to turn potential losses into wins with his wing wizardry, and for yours truly he would be ‘a shoe in’ as we reach what can best be described as the business end of the season. The incessant calls for his introduction at the Bury game (and their frustration when it does not materialise) clearly bears testimony to the fact that Sol must abandon what currently appears to be his textbook approach to management and play his best players however maverick they appear to be!
I was so impressed with Callum Evans on Tuesday night as this immensely likeable young man gave up his time and even went into the home changing rooms to give the young kids of the Silkmen development squad a real boost as they witnessed one of our most talented players (when fit) take the time out to give moral support to these young kids who subsequently produced a masterclass in hammering their peers from Premier League side Burnley 7-0 which in all fairness flattered the Clarets of Burnley! Callum would be another ‘shoe in’ for yours truly and I was completely gobsmacked (which isn’t easy I can assure you) when noting that classy and very down to earth left sided midfielder Ryan Lloyd didn’t even make the squad of eighteen on Saturday as what are considered to be vastly inferior individuals by the huge majority of Silkmen faithful have somehow managed to secure a starting berth!
The chants of ‘you don’t know what you’re doing‘ from the impressively vocal Silkmen faithful in the second period of the Bury game must surely have been taken in by Sol following the substitution of Botti Biabi for Silkmen top scorer Scotty Wilson. The Silkmen hierarchy must take great credit in providing the Arsenal & England legend his chance in football management, and the initial signs were encouraging although this has markedly waned during the disappointments of recent weeks. There is a classic saying that stated that ‘pride comes before a fall’ and I would urge Sol to heed that advice because if he continues to play the current raft of personnel within the squad, we seem certain to enter the jaws of relegation with the less than salubrious delights of such venues as Boreham Wood & Ebbsfleet United waiting in the wings for us!
If I was a greedy man I would be stating that nine points from the next three games is an absolute necessity but anything less than six points would really put us in the relegation quagmire as the number of games (and points) diminish at an alarming rate. The support from the terraces has been amazing despite the immensely disappointing season that we have had to endure in our first season’s return to the English Football League. The time for talking is over and the time for action is NOW so come Saturday Sol; let the Silkmen faithful see the players on the pitch who wear the Silkmen colours with the pride and passion that was so palpable last season. I am Silkmen till I die!!
Image courtesy of Macclesfield Town Football Club.