Boss furious at ‘worst showing’
MACCLESFIELD Town boss John Askey felt his side’s performance against Ashton United on Saturday was one of the worst he has ever seen while manager of the club.
The Silkmen were 2-0 down in the game at the Moss Rose, before the match was abandoned at half-time due to the state of the pitch.
That re-arranged fixture was set to take place last night as the Express went to print, but despite having a second chance to progress in the FA Trophy, Askey was still furious.
“Saturday was one of the worst performances that I’ve had from a Macc team since I become manager,” he said.
“I wasn’t happy at all and I thought we were shocking.
“It was pretty clear early on that the players weren’t able to adapt to the conditions.
“Regardless of the conditions, whenever you play you need to run about, head the ball and tackle, and we didn’t do that so we wouldn’t have deserved anything from the game.
“I don’t think it mattered what system we played as we would have been beaten.
“We can’t really change anything though as nobody else is fit at the moment.”
Speaking ahead of last night’s re-arranged match, Askey was hopeful that it would go ahead but admitted that he wasn’t confident.
“Hopefully the game should be on but you never know,” he said.
“When you look at the state of the pitch and the weather forecast, I would think that it’s unlikely.”
Saturday’s game against Ashton also saw Askey include a couple of new faces on the bench, but he doesn’t feel they are ready to be starting.
“We’ve managed to bring in a few lads who weren’t contracted to anybody but they are just young lads that have been training,” he said.
“We had to do it because we’re so short of numbers but hopefully we will have some more players fit for the Welling game.”
Saturday’s game will see Macc hoping to end their run of two straight defeats in the National League when they take on Welling.
Welling are currently in
‘Saturday was one of the worst performances that I’ve had from a Macc team since I became manager’
19th place in the National League table, having won just six of their 23 matches so far this season.
Victory for the Silkmen could see them move as high as sixth in the league table if other results go their way, though a defeat may see Askey’s side leapfrogged by tenth-placed Gateshead.
●● Macc Town’s Paul Lewis