We’re bet­ter now: Askey

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHEL­DAN KEAY

DE­SPITE a mixed start to the cam­paign, Mac­cles­field Town man­ager John Askey in­sists the team is play­ing a lot bet­ter now than they did last sea­son.

The Silk­men have lost seven of their open­ing 13 games so far, whereas last year they nar­rowly missed out on the play-off places by one point.

While that may have been the case, Askey be­lieves his play­ers have im­proved on their show­ings from the pre­vi­ous cam­paign.

“We are play­ing bet­ter than what we did last year. We’ve been play­ing well all sea­son, but we just haven’t al­ways got the re­sults,” Askey told the club’s of­fi­cial web­site.

“We beat Alder­shot 3-0 in our last game and I thought we dom­i­nated right from the off and fully de­served the win.

“Alder­shot looked a bit lethar­gic and that helped us, but it was still a re­ally good away per­for­mance.

“We scored some re­ally good goals. Ob­vi­ously Paul Lewis picked up an in­jury and Danny Rowe came in and fought for his place.

“That is what you want, you want peo­ple to come in and show what they can do, and he will def­i­nitely be start­ing the next game now.

“The way we re­sponded at Alder­shot shows our char­ac­ter in the squad is very good but our

‘We’ve been play­ing well all sea­son, but we just haven’t al­ways got the re­sults’

sup­port­ers play a big part in that.

“I don’t know what they were drink­ing but they sang their hearts out for the whole 90 min­utes!”

Askey had new sign­ings Lin­don Meikle and Fisayo Adara­bioyo in the squad for the match, and he hopes their ar­rivals can help com­bat the cur­rent in­jury cri­sis within his team.

“I came in to train­ing on Fri­day to find out Paul Lewis was in­jured so we had to quickly sign them up,” he said.

“Nei­ther of them have had a lot of game time but they both showed good at­ti­tude when they came on.

“We know a lit­tle more about Lin­don than we do about Fisayo be­cause he has only been play­ing U21 football, but they ran around and were com­mit­ted for us.”

Mac­cles­field will be hop­ing to make it back to back wins when they en­ter­tain Bore­ham Wood this week­end.

They head into the match with Jack Samp­son still yet to score for the Silk­men this sea­son, but Askey feels he of­fers a lot more than goals.

“He is do­ing a good job for us at the minute as he is a big phys­i­cal pres­ence for us and can be a real hand­ful when he plays like that,” he said.

“He didn’t have the best of starts to the game against Alder­shot, so he showed good char­ac­ter to come back from that and his con­fi­dence be­gan to grow, so it will click sooner or later for him.”

Clive Ma­son

●● Lin­don Meikle, pic­tured dur­ing his time at Mans­field Town, made his Mac­cles­field de­but at Alder­shot on Satur­day

●● Paul Lewis

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