Boss de­lighted to spoil Dover party

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - VA­NARAMA NA­TIONAL LEAGUE

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.”

Pete Gard­ner

Dover striker Ricky Miller

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