Green light was too late

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS -

JOHN Askey was given the go-ahead to add to his thread­bare squad – but it came too late to make the dif­fer­ence at Sin­cil Bank.

The Macc man­ager had been cry­ing out for re­in­force­ments – in at­tack to of­fer a dif­fer­ent strik­ing op­tion and at the back to cover for in­juries and what was the seem­ing­lyinevitable re­turn of Luke Wa­ter­fall to par­ent club Scun­thorpe.

Wa­ter­fall’s knee prob­lem gave sup­port­ers a glimpse of the po­ten­tial de­fen­sive void at Lin­coln, with lapses at the back re­sult­ing in a 2-0 de­feat to for­mer boss Gary Simp­son’s side.

And Askey re­vealed that he was only al­lowed to dip into the mar­ket the pre­vi­ous af­ter­noon.

“I’ve been bang­ing on about it for two weeks that we needed some help and ob­vi­ously with Luke and Will (Hain­ing) be­ing out to­day that’s shown up.

“I can’t fault the play­ers we’ve got for their ef­forts we just need more help.

“I’ve been say­ing that for a while, that hasn’t changed, and com­ing to a place like Lin­coln you need big, strong lads.

“With­out those two we weren’t able to nul­lify what they’ve got.

“For their first goal, I was dis­ap­pointed with our de­fend­ing of the sec­ond ball, the talk­ing and or­gan­is­ing was miss­ing – and again, that’s where we miss key play­ers.”

The boss is also shoul­der­ing some blame for the de­feat, con­ced­ing that switch­ing Andy Halls – whose out­ings at right-back have led to an Eng­land C call-up – to the cen­tre of de­fence was an er­ror.

“We all know Andy has been great this sea­son and we asked him to play cen­tre-half and that was the wrong decision,” he ad­mit­ted. “He could have just headed the ball clear (at Ben Tom­lin­son’s sec­ond) but he’s de­cided to head it back to Rhys and not made a clear con­tact.

“It was a poor mis­take but again we don’t have the per­son­nel to cope with in­juries.

“I’ve been told – at about half past 12 on Fri­day – that I can do some­thing. It was a lit­tle bit too late for this game but we’ll be look­ing to get some­thing sorted and bring a cou­ple of play­ers in.

“We haven’t got a very big squad and we’ve a cou­ple of young lads on the bench, so we’re after some ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I’ve got a few play­ers in mind, it’s just whether we can get them in.”

And ahead of the re­turn of the Al­trin­cham derby on Tues­day evening, Askey was again set to do bat­tle with­out two of his more ex­pere­inced men.

“Danny Whi­taker had a scan last Wed­nes­day and that showed it’s just wear and tear over the years, he’s got a com­pressed disc in his back so we hope with a bit more rest he can get back train­ing.

“His re­cov­ery will be a longer process than Will, who tore his calf – we’re look­ing at next Satur­day for him, prob­a­bly.

“He’s quite tough, an old-fash­ioned type of player.”

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