Macc short of field marshals
MACCLESFIELD Town manager John Askey feels the team may be missing leaders on the pitch after they suffered their third straight league defeat.
The Silkmen squandered a 1-0 lead with less than 15 minutes to go and lost 2-1 against Forest Green Rovers at the New Lawn Stadium.
It has seen them drop to eighth in the National League table, three points adrift places.
While Askey insists his side deserved something from Saturday’s game, he admitted they only have themselves to blame.
“We should have got a point but poor defending has cost us and to give goals away like that is disappointing,” he said.
“The first goal came from a free kick that probably wasn’t a free kick, but you still have to defend it.
“The players weren’t talking and David Fitzpatrick has ended up trying to clear the ball and it’s
play-off come off the back of his head.
“The man behind him should have opened his mouth but we’re a quiet team. It’s then flicked off his head to the back post and they’ve put it away.
“We’ve not had to defend anything in the second half but then the last goal was poor as we’ve not got out.
“The ball has come in from the half-way line and I keep talking about it but nothing seems to be registering. I don’t mind getting beat if teams outplay you, their movement is better, they’re passing the ball well and creating chances – but to lose like that is disappointing.
“Forest Green showed it’s not all about ability, it’s about having that will to win.”
Askey will be hoping his side can return to winning ways when they travel to Torquay United in the FA Trophy this weekend.
Torquay have struggled in the National League this season, and currently find themselves second bottom in the table having won just four of their 29 matches.
One of those wins did come over Macc though, with Torquay picking up a 1-0 victory on the opening day of the season thanks to a goal from Alex Fisher.
The Silkmen reached this stage of the FA Trophy after recording wins over Ashton United and Truro City in the previous rounds.
Macc will book their place in the quarter-finals of the competition if they triumph on Saturday, but Askey admits it may take him a while to get over his side’s most recent decent.
“At the moment I’m not thinking about Torquay as I’m still unhappy with the game against Forest Green,” he said.
“We started poorly for 10 minutes but then after that we did well apart from set pieces and corner kicks, but that is still not good enough.”
‘Forest Green showed it’s not all about ability, it’s having that will to win’
●● Jack Sampson fires Macclesfield into the lead at Forest Green on Saturday