Askey issues warning to Macc squad
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