Millers opponents poised to mix and match

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MACCLESFIELD could make changes for their Boxing Day clash with Rotherham after losing 1-0 at Shrewsbury last Saturday.

Manager Gary Simpson is also looking for a different approach from his players - and he is pondering a possible move into the transfer market next month.

Simpson believes that it will be a stiff test against the Millers. He said: “We’ve got some unbelievably tough games coming up so I’ve got to mix and match the lads now to get us through these next two or three matches, then the transfer window opens and we’ll take stock.”

The defeat at Shrewsbury could have been been heavier.

“I was disappointed with our first-half performance,” admitted Simpson.

“All week we’d been working on keeping the ball and we’ve been like this for three or four weeks in matches now, where we’ve not kept it.

“We’ve struggled on that side of things. Whether that’s a loss of form, confidence or what, I don’t know, but we’re trying all sorts to rectify it.

“We were still in it at 1-0 but I’m disappointed with the quality that we showed.

“One one or two of them looked like they were out on their feet.”

At least Macclesfield, who have gone six league games without a win, could feel more refreshed when they start against the Millers.

The Shrews clash came days after an FA Cup replay, a 1-0 win against Chelmsford.

Simpson gave his players Monday and Tuesday off. “They’ll be in right up until Christmas Eve and we’ll still get lots of time to work on things before the Rotherham game. We by no means disgraced ourselves on Saturday against a very good team who hadn’t lost at home.”