‘I’m proud of club’
Silkmen boss John Askey tells team to hold heads high despite defeat
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