Askey says naivety cost side victory
MACCLESFIELD Town manager John Askey felt his team’s naivety cost them during their defeat to Chester.
The Silkmen were winning heading into the closing stages at the Moss Rose, but two late Chester goals saw Macc condemned to a loss.
It means Askey’s side has won just one match at home so far this season, and he was unimpressed with the lack of wisdom shown by his players.
“At the end we got too deep and were very naïve by not running the clock down,” he said.
“If you allow people to keep hitting balls at you in the closing stages then something will tell in the end.
“The second goal was bad and it’s something that we need to work on. Last year if we were 1-0 up we would see games out, but at the moment it’s not happening.
“We were dominating when we scored but then we allowed them to get the momentum towards the end of the game which was very disappointing.
“It all started when Ritchie Branagan didn’t come out for a ball that he should have, and that gave the Chester fans behind the goal hope and they got behind the team.”
While Askey was annoyed at the team’s poor judgement, he doesn’t feel it is a confidence issue.
“I don’t think it comes down to nerves, it’s just the defending in general has to be worked on,” he said.
“There were some positives aspects though and I thought for early parts of the match we defended well as a team.
“Neill Byrne and Tony Diagne performed well, and Danny Whitehead had a good game and managed to get a goal too.
“As a team we looked better, but obviously we are upset with how things unfolded, especially as the lads worked hard.”
●● Macclesfield boss John Askey