Moss Rose key to Cup success
MACCLESFIELD Town manager John Askey is confident his side can make home advantage count after being drawn against Wrexham in the FA Cup’s fourth qualifying round.
It is the seventh consecutive home draw for the Silkmen, in a run that stretches back to the victory against Barrow in 2012.
The tie will be played on October 25, and Askey believes his side can do the business against a side just one point ahead of them in the Conference table.
“You always want a home draw in the cups, so we’re pleased in that respect,” said Askey.
“It’s going to be a tough game because they are above us in the division and doing well, but we know we’re strong at home and I’m sure they won’t be relishing it.
“Financially it’s a good draw because I don’t think there were many better for the crowd it will attract.
“They will bring a few fans with them and it should make for a great atmosphere.
“It will all come down to how we perform on the day though, like any other game.”
sides have already met this season, playing out a 2-2 draw at Wrexham back in August.
Before the cup clash, the Silkmen host Dover in the league this weekend knowing that victory would move them within touching distance of the play-offs.
Askey’s men currently sit 10th, while Dover are 18th, just two points above the relegation zone.
The Silkmen could be without Arthur Gnahoua and David Gonzalez for the game, with both men forced off during last weekend’s game with Dartford, which ended in dramatic fashion as Matthew Barnes-Homer scored an 87th-minute leveller.
Despite not having many names to pick from, Askey has no desire to rush any of his player’s back.
“With a small squad, although it might be tempting to rush people back, it’s not worth the risk of turning a two-week injury into something longer, so we’re being cautious where we can,” he said.
“We’ll have to wait and see with Arthur but I’d say it’s probably too soon for David.
“Arthur has a groin problem and David has a hamstring problem but we’ll know more when they have had a chance to settle down.
“It also gives us time for Will Haining and Danny Whitaker, so we’ll know more about all four later in the week.”
Macclesfield and Dover clashed last month, with the Silkmen picking up a narrow 1-0 away victory.
Askey was unhappy with his side’s performance during that game, but expects his team to be much stronger this weekend.
“We beat them away earlier this year but we were very fortunate as we were awful,” said Askey.
“We showed a lot of resilience down there though and were able to get the goal through Chris Holroyd.
“They might head into this match thinking they’re playing a poor side but we should be much better this time.
“We’ve done really well with our home form this year so hopefully we can pick up points when playing away and then get all three points during our home matches.”
●● John Askey will not rush the returns of Arthur Gnahoua, above, or David Gonzalez