Silk­men must turn Moss Rose into a fortress

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHEL­DAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town man­ager John Askey in­sists his team have to try and make the Moss Rose a fortress this sea­son.

The Silk­men host Ch­ester on Satur­day look­ing to pick up just their sec­ond win of the sea­son so far.

All of the points that Askey’s side have picked up dur­ing this cam­paign have come at home, and he knows how vi­tal that form can be.

“As we are all aware our home record is great and we need to make sure that when teams come here they have to fight hard to get any­thing,” he said.

“We haven’t lost at home yet and we have to try and get that form as good as it was dur­ing last sea­son.

“Ch­ester will come here and try to win the game by play­ing good pass­ing football but we will be con­fi­dent.”

Mac­cles­field cur­rently sit 18th in the Na­tional League ta­ble and head into this week­end’s clash on the back of two straight losses.

Their last de­feat came at the hands of Eastleigh, but Askey re­vealed he took a lot of pos­i­tives from the per­for­mance.

“We worked hard and made it dif­fi­cult for Eastleigh and I was pleased with how we de­fended af­ter con­ced­ing five goals against Lin­coln,” he said.

“It’s al­ways dif­fi­cult at Eastleigh so I can’t knock the ef­fort that the play­ers put in and I thought Ritchie Brana­gan in par­tic­u­lar was stand­ing.

“The goal we con­ceded was still poor though so there is still some things that we need to work on, but over­all I couldn’t have asked for more from the lads.”

The 1-0 de­feat to Eastleigh means that Mac­cles­field have now failed to score in three of their league matches this sea­son.

While that may be the case, Askey has no con­cerns about his at­tack­ing op­tions at this mo­ment in time.

“We scored three against Lin­coln and then two the game be­fore, so I’m not

out- too wor­ried about that as­pect,” he said.

“In the first half against Eastleigh we were com­pet­i­tive, and then the game opened up a bit more in the sec­ond half and it meant we had more chances.

“It’s a mat­ter of want­ing to com­pete first and fore­most and I thought the play­ers did that through­out the game.

“We worked hard and make it dif­fi­cult for Eastleigh and in the sec­ond half I can’t re­mem­ber them hav­ing too many chances.”

Satur­day’s op­po­nents Ch­ester cur­rently sit 11th in the league ta­ble, hav­ing won two of their open­ing five games.

The Silk­men picked up a 3-1 vic­tory when they met in this fix­ture last sea­son, with Waide Fairhust scor­ing the pick of the goals.

Askey will have two games to pre­pare for over a 48 hour pe­riod this week­end, as his side will also travel to Grimsby on Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day.

Mac­cles­field will be hop­ing that they can re­peat their suc­cess from last sea­son in the fix­ture, as a late win­ner from Danny Whi­taker helped his team run out 2-1 vic­tors at Blun­dell Park in Jan­uary.

‘We have to try and get that home form as good as it was last sea­son’

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