Play-off dream lives on: Askey

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHELDAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town man­ager John Askey in­sists his team’s sea­son is far from over de­spite four straight league de­feats and be­ing knocked out of the FA Tro­phy.

The Silk­men have been in poor form, drop­ping to 12th in the Na­tional League ta­ble and crash­ing out of the FA Tro­phy af­ter a 1-0 de­feat at home to Torquay United last week.

They will look to get back to win­ning ways this week­end when they host Wrex­ham at the Moss Rose, and Askey is con­fi­dent that they can turn things around.

“There is still a lot to play for and that’s what I said to the play­ers,” he said.

“De­spite ev­ery­thing that’s hap­pened, we’re seven points off the play­offs, so if we man­age to get a win on Satur­day then it changes for them.

“We have got to re­alise there is plenty to fight for still, we’ve got a fight on our hands be­cause at the mo­ment we’re strug­gling to play but when we do get the ball down we play well.

“It’s dif­fi­cult at the mo­ment and it’s not nice, we have to pick our­selves up and keep bat­tling be­cause there’s noth­ing bet­ter than play­ing foot­ball.”

Mac­cles­field fans have been frus­trated by the run of re­sults, with some sup­port­ers crit­i­cis­ing the play­ers for their per­for­mances.

Askey knows what his team are ca­pa­ble of when they play at their best though, and he has urged them to prove the doubters wrong.

“They’ve got to show plenty of spirit and en­thu­si­asm and show peo­ple what they can do,” he said.

“When you don’t do well peo­ple start to crit­i­cise but when you do well those peo­ple are silent.

“We’ve had enough praise, you have to ac­cept when you’re not get­ting praise. It’s tough at the mo­ment but we can turn it around.”

Last Tues­day’s 1-0 de­feat to Torquay was an­other game where Mac­cles­field con­ceded thanks to a late set-piece, some­thing that has hap­pened to them on sev­eral oc­ca­sions this sea­son.

Askey has been frus­trated by the prob­lem, but is con­tin­u­ing to put the play­ers through their paces in train­ing to try and avoid it hap­pen­ing again.

“The prob­lem is peo­ple can’t de­fend the crosses, but we work on it and

‘We have got to re­alise there is plenty to fight for still’

keep work­ing on it and train­ing,” he said.

“When you let peo­ple run free then they’re go­ing to score even­tu­ally, there was two oc­ca­sions where we let them go against Torquay and one they nearly scored and the other they did.

“There was one or two chances for us, but at the other end, we’re not de­fend­ing well enough or at­tack­ing them well enough and it’s a big prob­lem for us.

“From open play we’re fine but set pieces are our Achilles’ heel.”

Matt Rat­cliffe

●● Mac­cles­field Town boss John Askey in­sists the Silk­men have plenty to play for

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