Askey welcomes Pompey Cup bid
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.”