Boss delighted to spoil Dover party
MACCLESFIELD Town manager John Askey heaped praise on his side after their hardfought draw at Dover Athletic last week.
Strikes from Ollie Norburn and Anthony Dudley helped the Silkmen pick up a point, with Dover’s goals coming thanks to a Ricky Miller penalty, while Ross Lafayette netted the other with just a couple of minutes remaining to deny Macc the victory.
Dover were chasing a National League play-off place at the time the game took place, and Askey felt his players gave everything.
“I’m really pleased to come here and having nothing to play for, managing to get a result,” he said.
“I give full credit to the players. You can’t ask for anymore off the players when a team’s goal is to try and get into the play-offs.
“I thought up until they scored the second goal, for the majority of the game – we controlled it.”
Askey was glad to get something from the game at the Crabble Athletic Ground, but also thought they could have got all three points.
“I think we deserved more. I thought the referee gave a penalty that wasn’t,” he said.
“It seems to have happened to us a lot where we’ve had penalties given by referees where it really shouldn’t be, but I don’t want to get into that. Our players were terrific.”
Miller’s penalty against Macc was his 37th goal of the season, and he has since gone on to score a hat-trick in the final match to end the campaign as leader scorer with an extremely impressive 40 goals.
With that in mind, Askey was impressed with how his team managed to nullify the striker in ront of goal.
“Everybody is aware of Ricky’s goalscoring ability and to stop him from scoring from open play, there hasn’t been many teams that have been able to do that,” he said.
“But again, I’m really pleased but slightly disappointed that we weren’t able to keep out the second goal.
“Having said that, when we hit the inside of the post in the last minute – I thought it was going to be the winner.”
Dover striker Ricky Miller