We should have won but we’ll take re­play

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORS -

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.”

Si­mon Pen­drigh

●● 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

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