Askey proud to match Pom­pey

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHELDAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town man­ager John Askey re­vealed he was ex­tremely proud of his play­ers de­spite their FA Cup de­feat to Portsmouth.

The Silk­men were knocked out at the first round stage of the com­pe­ti­tion af­ter suf­fer­ing a 2-1 loss against the League Two pro­mo­tion hope­fuls at Frat­ton Park.

While he was frus­trated with cer­tain as­pects of the game, Askey knew he couldn’t have asked for more much from his play­ers.

“I thought we did re­ally well and there was not a great deal be­tween the two sides in the game,” he said.

“For the ma­jor­ity of the match I think we com­peted re­ally well, and we had quite a lot of chances through­out the 90 min­utes.

“On an­other day we could have got a re­sult from the match and I think lot of teams will go to Portsmouth and find it re­ally dif­fi­cult.

“I was dis­ap­pointed with the goals that we con­ceded as it was poor de­fend­ing, but I spoke to their man­ager Paul Cook af­ter­wards and he agreed that we were un­lucky not to get some­thing.

“You make your own luck in this sport though and we know that we have got to be bet­ter de­fen­sively in the fu­ture.”

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