Askey’s upbeat after Gulls loss
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.”
●● Macclesfield Town boss John Askey was disappointed with the 1-0 loss at Torquay but was able to take positives from the game