Keep side in­tact plea from Askey

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHEL­DAN KEAY

MACCLESFIELD Town manager John Askey firmly be­lieves his team must re­tain the ma­jor­ity of their play­ers if they are to stand any chance of push­ing for pro­mo­tion again next sea­son.

Askey’s side were held to a 1-1 draw at Torquay United on Satur­day, leav­ing them one point and one place out­side the play-offs.

Eastleigh started the day two points ahead of the Silk­men and their 2-1 win against Kid­der­min­ster Har­ri­ers en­sured their play-off po­si­tion. But For­est Green, who kicked off on Satur­day just one point ahead of Macc, were held to a goal­less draw at home against Dover.

Had Askey’s men found a win­ner on the south coast they would have been look­ing for­ward to a play-off semi-fi­nal this evening against Bris­tol Rovers.

But with The Silk­men’s sea­son now over, Askey is al­ready turn­ing his at­ten­tion to the new cam­paign, and he knows what needs to hap­pen if they are to make progress next year.

“The big thing is keep­ing the play­ers to­gether,” he said. “I don’t want to be in a sit­u­a­tion next sea­son where I’m on hol­i­day hav­ing to ring round to try and get peo­ple in.

“We have got good play­ers here and so they need to be signed up, the value of each player has gone up be­cause of the po­si­tion we’re in.

“The club has to de­cide where they want to be and if they want to mud­dle through then it will go ter­ri­bly wrong.

“We need to make sure that the play­ers are signed up and they’re not even ask­ing for huge amounts of money.

“They just want to play for Macclesfield but ob­vi­ously they can’t live on fresh air.”

While his team achieved a lot of great re­sults this year on their way to a sixth-place fin­ish, he feels the en­tire cam­paign has been a suc­cess.

“I can’t pick

out any­thing spe­cific as my favourite mo­ment but I think the whole sea­son has been great,” he said.

“The at­ti­tude of the play­ers ev­ery time they’ve gone out onto the pitch has been ter­rific.

“We have had the odd blip where we’ve not played as well as we should have done but it’s still been a re­ally re­ward ing sea­son for my­self, and the play­ers have en­joyed it too.”

Macclesfield goal­keeper Rhys Tay­lor was al­ready at the club when Askey be­came manager, and he has en­joyed play­ing un­der the boss.

“I’ve worked with him for two sea­sons now and it’s been great,” he said.

“He gets on well with the lads and as a manager that’s all you need to do as once you get on the play­ers’ sides then they play for you. It’s been a good year and my high­light is prob­a­bly keep­ing the amount of clean sheets that we have.

“We have one of the best de­fences in the league and not many peo­ple would have said that at the start of the sea­son.

“We’ve all worked hard and it’s not just the back four and my­self who have achieved that, ev­ery­one in the team has done well.”

‘We need to make sure the play­ers are signed up – they’re not ask­ing for huge amounts’

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