‘I’m proud of club’

Silk­men boss John Askey tells team to hold heads high de­spite de­feat

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHELDAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town man­ager John Askey in­sists his team can hold their heads high de­spite their 3-2 FA Tro­phy de­feat to York City on Sun­day.

The Silk­men were nar­rowly beaten in the game at Wem­b­ley, with goals from Jon Parkin, Vadaine Oliver and Ai­den Con­nolly can­celling out ef­forts from Rhys Browne and Ol­lie Nor­burn. It meant that Mac­cles­field without sil­ver­ware, with thou­sands of their fans in at­ten­dance for the game.

While it may not have been a suc­cess­ful af­ter­noon for the club, Askey is adamant that his side can be proud of their ef­forts against York.

“I’m dis­ap­pointed as we’ve come to win and haven’t, but I’m pleased with how we have per­formed,” he said.

“I’d be more up­set if we hadn’t played well, and on an­other day we may have won as we had nu­mer­ous chances.

“The prime ex­am­ple I think was to­wards the end when Kingsley James had a shot and it was cleared off the line.

“We re­stricted York to very few chances but it just wasn’t meant to be.

“The goals that York scored came from long balls and they were dealt with poorly from our point of view, but that’s what you have to deal with at this league. They’ve got good strik­ers up front and we couldn’t cope with it.”

Askey has also praised the Mac­cles­field fans who made the trip to Wem­b­ley to cheer the team on.

“At the mo­ment it hurts, but I was re­ally pleased with the turnout of the Mac­cles­field sup­port­ers, it’s such a great ef­fort from the town,” he said.

“I just hope now that more peo­ple can get be­hind the club and it can push us on to bet­ter things, as once you come here you want to come back and that’ll be the case next sea­son.

“It’s been a good sea­son for the club and it would have be­come very good if we won the FA Tro­phy, but now we’ll start again and hope­fully this in­spires the lads.

“It would have been a mas­sive boost but now we need to look ta hope­fully re­cruit­ing well and start­ing next sea­son off right.”

Above, John Askey, and left, de­spair is etched on the play­ers’ faces as York bag their win­ning goal in the last few min­utes of the Build­base FA Tro­phy

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