Pos­i­tiv­ity plea from Macc boss

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHELDAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town man­ager John Askey is urg­ing the sup­port­ers to cut out any neg­a­tiv­ity and get fully be­hind the team.

The Silk­men are chal­leng­ing for pro­mo­tion from the Na­tional League this sea­son, and re­main firmly in the hunt for a play-off place.

As the Ex­press went to print on Tues­day, they were also set to host Dul­wich Ham­let in their FA Tro­phy quar­ter-fi­nal re­play at the Moss Rose.

With that in mind, Askey hopes that the sup­port­ers can back the team 100 per cent and re­main be­hind them dur­ing any tough times.

“Our fans have got to re­alise that we are in a de­cent po­si­tion. There are 14 games to go in the league and ev­ery­body needs to get be­hind the play­ers be­cause it’s no use moan­ing when we go a goal be­hind or when we’re not play­ing par­tic­u­larly well,” he told the club’s of­fi­cial web­site.

“It’s more im­por­tant that we try and gee the lads up and en­cour­age them, and that’s not only me but the sup­port­ers too.

“If they can do that and re­alise that we have a good chance of do­ing some­thing this sea­son then it helps that chance if they get be­hind them.”

If Mac­cles­field were able to over­come Dul­wich Ham­let on Tues­day, up next for them would be a two-legged FA Tro­phy semi-fi­nal against Tran­mere Rovers.

The need for a re­play against Dul­wich Ham­let in mid­week meant that the planned league match against Gateshead had to be post­poned.

While it means that his side have had to add another game to their al­ready busy sched­ule, Askey was glad that the Gateshead match didn’t take place.

“It may have done us a favour not hav­ing to play Gateshead as they had a free day on Satur­day,” he said.

“In the long run it may seem bet­ter get­ting a draw against Dul­wich Ham­let, as daft as that seems.”

Askey has re­cently made a new sign­ing at the Moss Rose, bring­ing in Not­ting­ham For­est for­ward James Thorne on loan.

The Mac­cles­field boss is glad to have him on board, and hopes he can make an im­pact at the club as they con­tinue to bat­tle for pro­mo­tion.

“We have had James here be­fore he went off to Not­ting­ham For­est, and he’s a good strong foot­baller,” he said.

“He just needs games un­der his belt, so hope­fully we can do that for him and give them to him.”

Thorne was set to fea­ture in the FA Tro­phy re­play with Dul­wich Ham­let on Tues­day, but Askey has re­vealed an is­sue that may pre­vent him from do­ing so.

“His girl­friend is due to have a baby any time now, so hope­fully it won’t be on Tues­day as he will miss the game!”

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