Boss fu­ri­ous at ‘worst show­ing’

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHELDAN KEAY

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

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