Askey’s up­beat af­ter Gulls loss

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - ANDY DE­LANEY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town boss John Askey is tak­ing the pos­i­tives from Satur­day’s de­feat to Torquay United, de­spite a sense of dis­ap­point­ment at wasted op­por­tu­ni­ties at Plain­moor.

A sec­ond half strike from Alex Fisher con­demned the Silk­men to de­feat on the south coast, and Askey felt his team de­served more from the game.

“In the first half we played re­ally well,” he said.

“We prob­a­bly should have gone in two or three goals up and then in the sec­ond half we played well un­til they scored.

“Their goal was a bit of a sucker punch re­ally. We’ve then had to chase the game and we’ve strug­gled to carry on con­trol­ling the match like we did in the first half so it’s dis­ap­point­ing be­cause I was re­ally pleased with how we played and the chances we cre­ated in the first half.”

Two great chances fell to the usu­ally re­li­able Danny Whi­taker in the game.

How­ever the vet­eran failed to sup­ply the fin­ish on both oc­ca­sions.

While that may have been the case, Askey be­lieves the fact he is get­ting him­self in to those po­si­tions is the main thing at this stage.

“If you want a chance

‘We have to learn from the game. We’ve got to be bet­ter at set-plays be­cause that was the only chance Torquay got’

fall­ing to any­body you would nor­mally say Danny but against Torquay it ob­vi­ously wasn’t meant to be,” he said.

“The first one he’s missed the tar­get, the sec­ond one he’s fired it at the keeper but the main thing is he’s got in there and he cre­ated a chance.”

The Silk­men boss was happy with his side’s de­fen­sive per­for­mance in the match, but has noted that the side must im­prove the way they deal with set pieces if their for­tunes are to change in the forth­com­ing league matches.

“We have to learn from the game against Torquay and that is that we’ve got to be bet­ter on set plays be­cause that’s the only chance they got,” Askey warned.

“They had one chance very early on in the first half af­ter about 10 sec­onds but apart from that they’ve not cre­ated any­thing. So I was pleased with that, de­fen­sively we did well.”

With the trans­fer win­dow still open Askey has ad­mit­ted that he would like to bring some more new faces in but ac­cepts that it may be dif­fi­cult in the cur­rent fi­nan­cial po­si­tion that the club find them­selves in.

“Yes we’d like more play­ers in,” he said.

“I’m happy with the ones we’ve got. The goal­keeper (Sh­wan Jalal) has come in and that’s due to a busi­ness­man in Mac­cles­field who has been able to fi­nance it just for a cou­ple of months and that’s all it is.”

The Silk­men were due to face South­port at the Moss Rose on Tues­day evening as the Ex­press went to press, and they are at home again on Satur­day when Welling are the visi­tors.

Speak­ing ahead of Satur­day’s cu­ratin raiser, Askey said the ini­tial tar­get for the sea­son was sur­vival – just as it had been last year, when the club fin­ished just out­side the play-offs.

“We need to try and win as many games as we can and we will take each game as it comes and see where it takes us.

“That’s what we did last sea­son, so the first thing to do is try and avoid rel­e­ga­tion, once you do that then you look ob­vi­ously to progress from there, but as I say with the po­si­tion we’re in that’s the first and fore­most in ev­ery­one’s mind.”

Matt Rat­cliffe

●● Mac­cles­field Town boss John Askey was dis­ap­pointed with the 1-0 loss at Torquay but was able to take pos­i­tives from the game

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