Macc kick off with clean bill of health

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHELDAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town man­ager John Askey in­sists his side will not get car­ried away with some of their im­pres­sive per­for­mances in pre-sea­son.

The Silk­men have played quite well dur­ing some of their friendlies over the past few weeks, beat­ing the likes of Bury and Crewe.

While there have been plenty of pos­i­tives to take, Askey says none of it mat­ters if they don’t per­form in their open­ing Na­tional League match against Wrex­ham this week­end.

“I think if some­body said to us in the summer that we were go­ing to do this well in pre-sea­son we’d have snapped their hands off but it means noth­ing.

“All we’re do­ing now is con­cen­trat­ing on Wrex- ham,” he told the club’s of­fi­cial web­site.

“They’ve all been tough games.

“I thought against Derby we did re­ally well and we con­ceded when we changed the team.

“Bury was a good re­sult and to get a win against a League One club was also very good.

“Then against Stock­port we fell apart when we changed the team, and then the last game ver­sus Crewe was a good re­sult and it could’ve been more.”

Mac­cles­field’s last pre­sea­son game of the summer took place on Satur­day, suf­fer­ing a 2-0 de­feat to League One side Black­pool.

De­spite the loss, the Silk­men per­formed well, and Askey was pleased with what he saw from his play­ers.

“I thought we did well against Black­pool. When we changed things, we fell apart a lit­tle bit but I know the rea­son why, but I’ve been pretty pleased,” he said.

“We weren’t get­ting car­ried away after beat­ing Crewe and we won’t get car­ried away about los­ing be­cause again I thought we were in the game and we cre­ated the best chance of the match.

“Pre-sea­son has been good as we’ve not got any in­juries and that’s the main thing that every­body looks fit.

“Over­all it’s gone well so hope­fully we can put in more good per­for­mances in the league.”

Mac­cles­field’s open­ing game against Wrex­ham takes place at the Race­course Ground on Satur­day, and Askey will be hop­ing that his team can get things un­der way with a vic­tory.

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