Pain barrier test for key Silkmen
MACCLESFIELD Town manager John Askey has revealed some of his players are having to play through the pain barrier to deal with the lack of availability in the squad.
The Silkmen have been in poor form in recent weeks, having lost their last four National League matches in a row, including a 3-1 defeat to relegation- threatened Kidderminster Harriers last weekend.
Macc’s efforts haven’t been helped by the fact several of their key players have been missing, including the likes of Danny Whitehead, Paul Lewis, Danny Rowe and top scorer Kristian Dennis.
Rowe and Dennis both played in Saturday’s match against Kidderminster, but Askey admitted after the game that neither were fully fit.
“I was hoping that we wouldn’t have to play Rowe and Kristian because both of them have got injuries and obviously we had to take Rowe off towards the end,” he said.
“We didn’t have Whitehead and Lewis either and both of them are very big players in the system that we’ve been playing all season.
“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 against Kidderminster.”
Askey will hope to have more players approaching full fitness when they look to kickstart their play-off push with a home game against Dover on Saturday.