Sir John’s still up for Bees chase

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORS -

A RE­LIEVED John Askey gladly ac­cepted the in­ter­ven­tion from the ref­eree in see­ing off Welling, and he’s not giv­ing up on the ti­tle yet.

The sign of a good side is sup­posed to be victory when they’re be­low-par, and the Macc Town manager says his men at least showed the char­ac­ter to come through in the end.

“We had to work hard, we didn’t play as well as we have been and we strug­gled,” con­ceded Askey af­ter the 3-2 victory that saw them keep pace with Bar­net and Bris­tol Rovers.

“We hadn’t played for a bit and I thought we were for­tu­nate to end up with the three points.

“They’ve shown good char­ac­ter all sea­son so it be­comes ex­pected, and win­ning’s a good habit to get into, that’s what we’re do­ing.

“Some­times you won­der how but we had quite a few chances that we should have taken but it wasn’t to be.

“We got sloppy in the sec­ond half and gave a goal away but they showed good char­ac­ter to then come back and not let it af­fect us.”

Although Macc had by far the greater num­ber of chances – 11 to two on tar­get – the manager was less than en­thused by what he’d seen in the first pe­riod, aside from the 28th-minute penalty and An­thony Jef­frey’s need­less sec­ond yel­low card in in­jury-time.

“I couldn’t tell if it was a penalty from where I was sat, if it was against me I’d say it looked a bit harsh so we prob­a­bly had a help­ing hand,” con­ceded Askey. “I don’t think they can have any com­plaints about the red card though, it’s just ill-dis­ci­pline.

“I’m sure their manager isn’t very happy with the lad but ob­vi­ously it helped us.

“At half-time I thought we had to keep the ball bet­ter than we had done in the first half, es­pe­cially with them go­ing down to 10 men.

“We’d said we had to work a lit­tle bit harder, be­cause I thought we looked a lit­tle bit lack­lus­tre.

“We didn’t close peo­ple down well enough or get the sec­ond ball but the main thing was to keep the ball and even­tu­ally open them up, which we did.

“One thing that we did do was get more crosses in than we have done pre­vi­ously.”

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