Askey puts his faith in Kristian
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.”
●● John Askey has heaped praise on Macclesfield striker Kristian Dennis after his two goals at Grimsby