Boss issues urgent return to form call
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.”
●● Rhys Turner has been among the Macclesfield players sidelined in recent weeks