Askey voices commitment concerns
MACCLESFIELD manager John Askey questioned his side’s commitment as they were beaten 2-1 at home to relegation candidates Torquay United.
A Nathan Blissett brace was enough to see off Macclesfield and it means their dream of sealing a play-off spot is fast becoming unattainable. The Silkmen were for much of the game second best despite creating numerous chances to level the game towards the end, and Askey was disappointed with the performance of his players.
“We were nice and bright, even after we conceded the first goal, we carried on playing and got the goal back and I think in the second half, we’ve got to come out and have a right go and to concede again off a corner, it’s just not good enough is it,” he said.
“We work on set pieces, as you can imagine, but if people are not prepared to get hurt and be brave then obviously it’s down to personnel and that’s something we’ve got to address.”
Macclesfield have now gone on a long run without a victory, and Askey claims his side have got to work harder if they are to turn this wretched form around.
“They’ve got to roll their sleeves up and fight for whatever it is,” he said.
“I’m finding out more about players this last month then I have done all season and from that point of view, I know who’s up for a fight and who isn’t.
“When things are going against you, you find out who your friends are and who will stand with you and fight with you, but that’s something I’ve got to sort out and the first person I look at is myself and see if I can do anymore.
“That’s what I’ll do and hopefully the players will do that as well.”