No more than we warranted
JOHN Askey was in no doubt that his Macclesfield side were deserving winners at Grimsby Town, as they showed the greater character and creativity.
They left it late but with Danny Whitaker’s winner five minutes from the end they made sure it was a happy start to 2015.
And Askey insisted that the manner of victory at Blundell Park was as pleasing as the result.
“We’ve not lost this year so it’s very pleasing! Obviously one or two people were getting a little bit worried because we’ve not won in the last two games but I thought the players showed a great deal of character to come here, and we deserved the win.
“Even at Bristol Rovers you couldn’t fault them for effort even though we lost 4-0 – there were circumstances to that game. But they came here, rolled their sleeves up and I thought we played the better football, they adapted to the conditions better and created more chances.
“It was a deserved victory I thought.
“I suppose away from home I’d have been happy to settle for a point but we kept pushing forward and it was a great goal by Danny Whitaker, he’s finished it really well from a tight angle.
“I was pleased with both goals because in the last couple of games we hadn’t really created enough but we created far more today and there was a lot more movement.”
Askey added that, after a fine performance and the opening goal he would be approaching Birmingham City with a view to extending the stay of Denny Johnstone.
“We’ll try to keep Denny, Birmingham have said we’ve got first shout on him and after a performance like that, who wouldn’t want to take him?” reasoned the manager.
“He’s getting better with games, he needs first-team football to develop as a player, so he’s better off with us and hopefully we can get that done.”