By Steven Oldham, Sports Correspondent
Stockport County midfielder Matty Mainwaring wants his team-mates to take each game as it comes – and believes the club can kick-start their season with victory at Southport on Tuesday night.
County drew 0-0 on Saturday at Braintree Town, a result which leaves them 17th in the league and without a win in eight games.
But Mainwaring believes there are lots of positives to take from recent performances, and, on their day, County can beat any team in the league.
He said: “We have to take the season one game at a time. As a player I think it’s important not to look at how many games since a win, if we do it could distract us. The team realise how important it is to win.
I did think Saturday’s game was a winnable fixture, and that it was important to do so. There are positives to take from the game though.
We got another point – that’s better than none. We also kept a clean sheet and that gives us a great platform for the Southport game. We do need to be more clinical in front of goal though.”
Mainwaring made a substitute appearance in Saturday’s game as he recovers from a chest infection.
“I’m not at 100 per cent yet, I’ve definitely still got more to give. I’m hoping to show everyone what I can do in coming weeks as I get back to full fitness,” he said.
County will be hoping for a better result on the Merseyside coast tomorrow – they lost the corresponding fixture 5-0 last season.
Mainwaring said: “Last year, we had a great chance to take the lead in that game. We didn’t take it, went down to ten men and then caved in a bit. It could’ve been a lot different.
I am confident of getting a result there. I don’t think there’s any team in the league we couldn’t beat on our day.
The aim for teams has to be to win all your home games and pick up whatever you can from the away matches.”
Unusually, County are doing better on their travels this season, tasting defeat just once compared to three times at home, most recently to promoted Woking last Saturday, a game Mainwaring feels his team were unlucky to lose.
The Salford-born 22-year-old is now in his third spell at the club after re-signing at Edgeley Park two weeks ago on non-contract terms.
He made his first start for the club in 2008, remaining with the club until last season when he was released by former boss Dietmar Hamann.
Following his departure, he had a short spell with Hull City, from whom he rejoined County on a loan basis when James Gannon returned to the club as Director of Football.
“I never wanted to leave the club in the first place. I love the club, it will always have a place in my heart. It’s great to be back working with Jim again.
He was definitely a big factor in me rejoining. He gave me my first start in the game. I’ve learnt so much from him and hope to learn a lot more in the future.
I’ve been at clubs with bigger facilities and more money but they don’t have people with the same drive or who put the amount of hard work in as Jim does here,” Matty said.
He was previously in talks with League One side Scunthorpe United but circumstances out of his control meant that opportunity passed.
“They were looking at me, but unfortunately they got a couple of long term injuries and they needed someone who could play centre back. Their priorities changed and nothing came of it in the end.
I got on the phone to Jim to see if we could sort something out at County and the move came about from there,” he explained.
County travel to Southport tomorrow night knowing a victory would leapfrog them above their opponents in the league. If results go their way, The Hatters could climb four places in one evening with a good result.
The club are offering travel to the game for just £10 per adult and £8 for juniors. The coach departs from Edgeley Park at 4.30pm. Match tickets are sold seperately on the door. To book, phone 08456 885799.
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