Macc’s mes­sage

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - JOE BA­CON

MAC­CLES­FIELD man­ager John Askey be­lieves his side showed ‘two fin­gers’ to the crit­ics with Easter wins against Gateshead and Grimsby.

The Silk­men went nine games with­out a win in the Na­tional League be­fore Fri­day’s 3-0 win at Gateshead and Mon­day’s 2-1 home vic­tory over Grimsby.

Speak­ing af­ter Mon­day’s game, Askey said: “We’ve been able to re­fresh our­selves since the Dover game and since then we’ve been a dif­fer­ent side.

“I just felt as though in Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary things con­spired against us and we didn’t have peo­ple avail­able.

“It’s just pleas­ing that we’ve re­sponded. We’ve taken a bit of stick and it’s nice to some­times to put two fin­gers up at peo­ple.

“When we’re fully fit as a team and got ev­ery­body avail­able then we’re a match for any­body in the league, as we’ve proved through­out the sea­son.

“I think an­other year if things had gone for us then we’d have been in the play-offs.”

Al­though ad­mit­ting the Silk­men have noth­ing to play for, Askey be­lieves the back-to-back wins can spur his side on to fin­ish the sea­son on a high.

“It shows what good char­ac­ters they are when we’ve gone through what we’ve gone through the last two or three months and we’ve got noth­ing to play for as such, but with per­for­mances like that I give full credit to them and hope­fully we can fin­ish off the sea­son in the right man­ner,” he said.

“We worked re­ally hard, we rode our luck a lit­tle bit at times but things have just changed and I’m ob­vi­ously re­ally pleased with the re­sult.

“We had big con­fi­dence and we played quite well the first half and in the sec­ond half we didn’t get the ball down as much as we’d have liked to have done but the work rate was there, as it’s been all sea­son.”

Mac­cles­field face six­th­placed Brain­tree at Moss Rose on Satur­day and Askey is look­ing to get what he be­lieves his side de­served in re­verse fix­ture.

He said: “We went to their place and I thought we were the bet­ter team and should have won, but ob­vi­ously we didn’t.

“They don’t con­cede many goals so it should be a tough game, but we’re now look­ing for­ward to it.”

Askey praised the in­flu­ence Reece Sty­che has had on the team af­ter he re­sponded to scor­ing a hat-trick at Gateshead with a goal against Grimsby.

He said: “I thought Reece did great at Gateshead. He didn’t play as well on Mon­day but he’s come up with a goal and that’s the most im­por­tant thing as a striker. Ob­vi­ously he’s full of con­fi­dence and he gives the team con­fi­dence with Kris­tian Den­nis be­ing out.”

Oc­to­ber’s

Dun­can Cow­ley

●● Jack Samp­son wheels away af­ter fir­ing Macc ahead in Easter Mon­day’s 2-1 win against Grimsby Town at the Moss Rose

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