Askey puts his faith in Kris­tian

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHEL­DAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town man­ager John Askey sin­gled out the per­for­mance of striker Kris­tian Dennis af­ter his side’s 2-0 vic­tory over Grimsby Town.

Two goals from Dennis helped the Silk­men pick up the vic­tory at Blun­dell Park on Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day.

The 25-year-old has been pro­lific in front of goal for Macc since join­ing at the start of the sea­son from Stock­port County, and Askey was de­lighted with his con­tri­bu­tion in the game.

“I’ve al­ways thought a lot of Kris­tian dur­ing his ca­reer and not only is he scor­ing but his work rate is sec­ond to known,” he said.

“He was the big dif­fer­ence against Grimsby as he was putting them un­der a lot of pres­sure through­out the match and I don’t know how he kept go­ing.

“When you are con­stantly chas­ing like he did then you usu­ally run out of energy and don’t have the strength to put the ball in the net, but he showed that he could do it.

“I’m re­ally pleased for Kris­tian and he is some­one that I think should have played at a higher level dur­ing his ca­reer.”

The vic­tory over Grimsby came just 48 hours af­ter Mac­cles­field had con­ceded two late goals to suf­fer a 2-1 de­feat at home to Ch­ester.

Askey was dis­ap­pointed with his team in that game, but was proud of how they bounced back with a win.

“Against Grimsby we got what we’ve de­served over the last few weeks and the play­ers gave ev­ery­thing they’ve got so we can’t ask for more than that,” he said.

“Ev­ery­one was down af­ter Satur­day be­cause of how the loss came about, but it just shows you the char­ac­ter and abil­ity that they have to then go and beat Grimsby.

“We worked re­ally hard on the back four af­ter Satur­day and while we looked a bit jit­tery in the first 20 min­utes, we looked solid as the match went on.

“To come away with a clean sheet against one of the favourites to top the league gives us all con­fi­dence, and there isn’t any rea­son why we can’t beat who­ever we play.

“There were still some things that I weren’t happy with against Grimsby though and I thought we rode our luck at times, but we fully de­served our win.”

Next up for Mac­cles­field is a home match against Wok­ing on Satur­day, and the Silk­men boss is ex­pect­ing a tough en­counter against the pro­mo­tion hope­fuls at the Moss Rose.

“They’re one of the form teams in the di­vi­sion at the mo­ment so it will be dif­fi­cult fac­ing them,” he said.

“It will be a fierce bat­tle but we will take heart from the per­for­mance against Grimsby and I’m sure we will give Wok­ing a good game.”

Matt Rat­cliffe

●● John Askey has heaped praise on Mac­cles­field striker Kris­tian Dennis af­ter his two goals at Grimsby

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