Askey is­sues warn­ing to Macc squad

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - JOE BA­CON

JOHN Askey ques­tioned his side’s com­mit­ment and threat­ened to bring in fresh faces for Macc’s play-off push.

The Silk­men con­ceded three early goes in a first-half ca­pit­u­la­tion against Kid­der­min­ster and man­ager Askey be­lieves cer­tain play­ers lacked fight in Satur­day’s 3-1 loss.

Askey also re­vealed he wants to bring in new play­ers but ad­mit­ted it will be dif­fi­cult to do so at this stage of the cam­paign.

“The dam­age had been done in the first half. The goals we con­ceded were very poor and for the first 30 min­utes we’ve not com­peted enough,” he said.

“I hope they’ve got the right at­ti­tude. I don’t think it’s at­ti­tude, I think it’s more a case of throw­ing your body on the line and we didn’t see enough of that to­day from two or three.

“Ob­vi­ously it’s my job to sort it out and if peo­ple don’t want to win tack­les and head­ers then we have to look at get­ting other peo­ple in.

“We’ll have a look but it’s dif­fi­cult at this time of the sea­son to change much, but we’ll just have to live with what we’ve al­ready got and try and shake it up a lit­tle bit.”

Macc’s fourth con­sec­u­tive Na­tional League de­feat left them five points adrift of their next op­po­nent, fifth-placed Dover, and Askey hopes his side can rekin­dle the spirit shown in their last two wins for Satur­day’s key fix­ture.

“It gives the play­ers a good op­por­tu­nity to roll their sleeves up and start again, which we need to do,” he said.

“The Ch­ester and Tran­mere games was a case of we dug in and we fought for ev­ery­thing but since then you can’t re­ally say that we’ve done that.

“The fo­cus is now on win­ning the next game and that’s all we can do now.”

Danny White­head and Paul Lewis sat out of the de­feat with in­jury and their ab­sence forced Askey into un­wanted tac­ti­cal changes.

He said: “Ob­vi­ously both of them are very big play­ers in the sys­tem that we’ve been play­ing all sea­son and when we have to go to a 4-4-2 it makes us a lit­tle bit more wide open as we saw against Torquay and then again to­day.”

The man­ager also had to call on Danny Rowe and Kris­tian Den­nis, both car­ry­ing slight in­juries, in an at­tempt to turn the game around.

“I was hop­ing that we wouldn’t have to play Rowey and Kris­tian be­cause both of them have got in­juries and ob­vi­ously we had to take Rowe off to­wards the end,” he said.

“We’ve got bet­ter once we made the changes but I just think ev­ery­body’s dis­ap­pointed and I would have thought the sup­port­ers wouldn’t have been happy with what they saw in the first half.”

‘If peo­ple don’t want to win tack­les and head­ers then we have to look at get­ting other peo­ple in’

●● John Askey

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