Askey says naivety cost side vic­tory

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - SHEL­DAN KEAY

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

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