Boss is­sues ur­gent re­turn to form call

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - SHELDAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town man­ager John Askey in­sists his side need to des­per­ately re­dis­cover form if they are to have any hopes of the fin­ish­ing in the Na­tional League play-offs this sea­son.

The Silk­men have strug­gled in re­cent weeks, los­ing their last three league matches to leave them 11th in the ta­ble and three points off the top five.

Their most re­cent league out­ing saw them squan­der a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 at pro­mo­tion con­tenders For­est Green Rovers

Macc will hope to re­turn to win­ning ways on Satur­day when they travel to strug­glers Kid­der­min­ster, and Askey knows his play­ers are ca­pa­ble of do­ing more on the pitch.

“We need to get back to what we were do­ing, we’ve had one or two in­juries, but we need to get back to play­ing the kind of foot­ball we were play­ing and work­ing a lit­tle bit harder,” he told the club’s web­site.

“Last Satur­day was some­where close to that but we just had a lack of con­cen­tra­tion in the last ten min­utes oth­er­wise we would’ve won the game. We need more of what hap­pened Satur­day but con­cen­trat­ing for the full 90 min­utes.

“The spirit is as you’d ex­pect as ev­ery­body is dis­ap­pointed when you lose but when you win ev­ery­thing is great.

“We haven’t won for the last few games but that’s what hap­pens and now we will see what we’re made out of.

“We’re still in with a chance of reach­ing the play-offs though so we’ve still got plenty to play for.”

Mac­cles­field’s poor run of form hasn’t been helped by his side’s bad luck with in­juries, with the likes of Paul Lewis and Danny White­head miss­ing from the team in re­cent weeks.

Star striker Kris­tian Den­nis has also been ab­sent, while on loan Old­ham Atheltic for­ward Rhys Turner has been out of ac­tion too.

While Askey knows the team won’t be 100 per cent fully fit, he hopes to have a cou­ple of those play­ers back in his squad.

He said: “We haven’t got ev­ery­body fit, we’ve got one or two back but we’ve still got one or two out in­jured.”

Askey’s side were also set to be in ac­tion as the Ex­press went to print last night, as the team trav­elled to Torquay United for an FA Tro­phy clash.

Mac­cles­field would have booked a place in the quar­ter-fi­nals if they were vic­to­ri­ous, but Askey wasn’t get­ting car­ried away just yet.

Speak­ing ahead of the game, he said: “I don’t think it will be un­til the semi-fi­nal that we will start to dream of Wem­b­ley.

If we can play as we were do­ing not so long ago then we will have a good chance of giv­ing the sup­port­ers some­thing to cheer about.”

PHPHOTOGRAPHY

●● Rhys Turner has been among the Mac­cles­field play­ers side­lined in re­cent weeks

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