Askey wel­comes Pom­pey Cup bid

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHELDAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town man­ager John Askey is glad to have a dis­trac­tion from the league when his side trav­els to Portsmouth in the FA Cup this week­end.

Askey will be hop­ing his team can pull off the up­set when they head to Frat­ton Park to take on their League Two coun­ter­parts on Satur­day.

They head into the game on the back of a 1-0 de­feat to Brain­tree, leav­ing them 13th in the Na­tional League ta­ble.

It means Askey’s side have now lost their last two league matches in a row, and he is look­ing for­ward to hav­ing a break from the divi­sion.

“We were dis­ap­pointed to lose last week and the cup is a good game to help you try and for­get that de­feat,” he said.

“The mo­ti­va­tion for Portsmouth will take care of it­self so we didn’t start think­ing of them straight away af­ter Satur­day as no­body likes to lose and we were con­cerned.

“To lose against Brain­tree the way that we did was frus­trat­ing.

“We said at half-time that the only way we was go­ing to lose it would be through an in­di­vid­ual mis­take, and that’s what hap­pened.

“It’s very dis­ap­point­ing be­cause if you can get a point away from home or pos­si­bly the three points then you go away happy but to lose it that way was a kill shot.”

The de­feat was tough to take for Askey, es­pe­cially as he felt his side were the bet­ter team on the day.

“On the bal­ance of play we prob­a­bly had more of it and I think we had the best chances,” he said.

“I can’t re­ally re­mem­ber Sh­wan Jalal hav­ing a save to make so it’s dis­ap­point­ing and at the very least you ex­pect a 0-0.

“We didn’t have as many chances as we usu­ally cre­ate so full credit to them but when we did have chances with Kris­tian Den­nis in the first half and then Danny White­head, the keeper has saved it.

“With White­head I think it just hit him re­ally and either side of him then it’s in the back of the net so al­though we’ve not cre­ated a great amount of chances we did have the bet­ter ones dur­ing the game, apart from the one we gave them.”

There was one pos­i­tive from the game for Mac­cles­field though, as Chris Hol­royd re­turned to the team af­ter a pe­riod out with in­jury.

“Chris looked fit and worked hard and I’m sure he’s glad to be back,” said Askey.

“A few peo­ple are start­ing to come back now so hope­fully it will make us stronger when we need to be.

“Danny Rowe was ill for the match though and I think you could see that we missed him.”

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