Moss Rose key to Cup suc­cess

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHEL­DAN KEAY

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.”

The two

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.”

Matt Rat­cliffe

●● John Askey will not rush the re­turns of Arthur Gna­houa, above, or David Gon­za­lez

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