We can’t af­ford more new faces

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHEL­DAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town man­ager John Askey is once again adamant that the club has no money left for any po­ten­tial sign­ings.

The Silk­men have a small squad at the mo­ment, with just 15 play­ers cur­rently on deals at the Moss Rose.

Askey knows he needs to bring in some more play­ers, but con­cedes that it won’t be hap­pen­ing un­der the cur­rent cir­cum­stances.

“We have no more money. I keep say­ing that and peo­ple don’t seem to re­alise it. There is no more money,” he said.

“The club have 15 play­ers signed up but we des­per­ately need more play­ers in. Hope­fully some­one might come for­ward and give us a bit of ex­tra cash but that isn’t the case yet.

“We have the tri­al­ists here as well and they have im­pressed me, par­tic­u­larly Danny White­head. Whether we can do any­thing though, I don’t know.”

Mac­cles­field picked up their first vic­tory of pre- sea­son on Fri­day when they de­feated Stock­port County 2-1 at home.

While fit­ness is the ob­vi­ous pri­or­ity, Askey ad­mits it is nice to fi­nally have the win­ning men­tal­ity back in his squad.

“It’s im­por­tant that you win in pre-sea­son as that will hope­fully give the play­ers con­fi­dence,” he said.

“There is noth­ing worse than when you keep los- ing as the team might be think­ing they aren’t good enough to win, but now they know that they are.

“I was happy with the per­for­mance against Stock­port and I thought we dom­i­nated the match for long pe­ri­ods.

“In the last 20 min­utes we were a bit tired but that’s to be ex­pected when we have such a small squad and we’re hav­ing to play peo­ple for longer than what we wanted.

“De­fen­sively I’m still not 100 per cent happy with some of the de­fend­ing to­wards the end of the game, but these things can easily be rec­ti­fied.

“Hope­fully we will keep im­prov­ing over the com­ing weeks and then come the open­ing league match against Torquay we will know where we are.”

Mac­cles­field’s win over Stock­port came a few days af­ter the Silk­men’s nar­row 1-0 loss to League One side Bury, and Askey was happy with what he saw from his play­ers in that game too.

“We’ve been work­ing on things and it showed against Bury. Apart from their goal I think our two goal­keep­ers only made about one save be­tween them, it was a re­ally pos­i­tive per­for­mance,” he said.

“The team are cop­ing well, we matched both Bury and Rochdale, and against Bury in par­tic­u­lar we got stronger as the game went on.

“They man­aged to change vir­tu­ally their whole team while we had a cou­ple of in­juries within our squad but our lads kept bat­tling on through­out the match.”

Mike Petch

●● Ac­tion from Mac­cles­field’s win against Stock­port County on Fri­day night

●● John Askey

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