We should have won but we’ll take replay
JOHN Askey admitted that facing Wrexham a second time in four days wasn’t his ideal outcome on Friday night – but it could have been worse.
Macc led at half-time through Waide Fairhurst’s fifth strike of the season but the Dragons’ equaliser ensured a replay with, as it trasnpired, a home tie against Woking at stake.
And Askey, who’d said ahead of the tie his depleted squad wouldn’t be best served by a replay, admitted that the draw was a fair outcome.
“I’m not happy to take a replay but it’s better than losing,” said the Macc manager.
“Being 1-0 up I’d have hoped we could have held on – for all their pressure they didn’t create a great deal and the goal they scored came from 30 yards out, it hit the post and went in. So full credit to them, but we’re still in the hat and we’ve still got a chance.
“I can’t remember them causing us that many problems, Rhys (Taylor) didn’t have that many saves to make and I can’t remember him having to make any fantastic ones so I wasn’t too worried – but they’ve scored and we’ll have to look forward to a replay now.
“I think a draw was probably a fair result, I’d imagine they had the most possession, but we worked really hard and gave ourselves a good chance to win, but that’s where we are.”
Askey was more pleased with the performances by his younger squad members, particularly Friday’s man-of-the-match Alex Grant, who filled in admi- rably at centre-back.
The Stoke loan signing made his first start alongside Andy Halls in the heart of the backline and,
I’m not happy to take a replay but it’s better than losing, and a draw was probably fair
with Dan Cowan (left) once again putting in a strong show at right-back, Paul Lewis’ stock rising all the time and Will Bailey making a cameo appearance Askey admitted he was pleased with how his starlets are shaping up.
“Alex did really well but I was pleased with everybody,” he added. “They all worked their socks off, Alex stepped up to the plate and that’s what we want – he might solve a problem for us.
“It’s nice when somebody comes into the team and does so well – and I’m pleased for him, he’s had to be really patient and through injury and Luke (Waterfall) not being able to play he’s got his chance and he’s taken it.”
●● Paul Turnbull (above) and the Silkmen had been on course for victory over Wrexham but Connor Jennings scored to take the fourth qualifying round tie to a second game on Tuesday night