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Last Updated: Thursday, 10 February, 2005, 15:39 GMT
Horton relishing promotion race
By Paul Fletcher

Macclesfield boss Brian Horton watches his team in action
Horton's managerial career began in 1984
Macclesfield boss Brian Horton is thriving on his team's promotion push after narrowly avoiding relegation to the Conference last season.

Town are currently fourth in the League Two table and Horton told BBC Sport: "This is a nice pressure after what we endured last year.

"Confidence is very high. That is one thing you can see in training - the lads are enjoying coming in.

"We look a good side at the moment and we've got real competition for places."

Horton took over at Moss Rose with the club staring at the abyss.

Seven games of last season remained and Macclesfield needed to win four to stay up.

Under the guidance of Horton, Town just stayed up and now find themselves facing a different sort of pressure.

I'm taking it game by game but we are in a very good position.
Brian Horton

"I have now got competition for places and it is a headache that I haven't had before " said Horton, who has been in management for more than 20 years and presided over 1019 games.

"I'm delighted with the last five matches - we've taken 13 points from the last 15 possible.

When he looks around at training Horton likes what he sees and feels a real buzz around the place.

"That is the beauty of it all - nothing breeds confidence like winning football games," he added.

And why not, after all Macclesfield are just five points behind the three teams in the automatic promotion places with 15 games left.

Horton has not given up hope of catching either Yeovil, Scunthorpe or Swansea, but is happy to contemplate the idea of winning a place in the play-offs.

"It is a very even league so I'm not even thinking about the top three. I'm taking it game by game. We are in a very good position.

"We haven't given up hope, we hope we can.

"But if we don't then hopefully we will get in the play-offs, which would be a tremendous feat given what has happened with the club over the last few seasons."

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