Baba fires Macc to per­fect start

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT -

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town man­ager John Askey felt his side made the per­fect start to the 2017/18 sea­son fol­low­ing their 1-0 vic­tory at Wrex­ham on Satur­day.

Noe Baba got the only goal of the match in the first half to en­sure the Silk­men got their Na­tional League cam­paign un­der­way with a vic­tory. Askey was de­lighted to pick up all three points, and praised his play­ers for their ef­forts through­out the game.

“I thought in the first half we played well and in the se­cond half we had to dig in and rode our luck at times,” he told the club’s of­fi­cial web­site.

“I thought we scored a per­fectly good se­cond goal that would have helped to kill the game off but it was given off­side, but in the end I’m re­ally pleased and it’s just the start that we want.”

Baba’s goal came early on for Mac­cles­field, and Askey has re­vealed that he ini­tially shouted at his player for not pass­ing.

“I was scream­ing at him (Baba) to pass the ball and then he’s hit it well!” He said.

“It skid­ded off the sur­face and the keeper couldn’t deal with it.

“I’m re­ally pleased for him be­cause I thought he had a good game as well as his goal and that will only give him con­fi­dence as he has a lot of po­ten­tial.”

Askey was also pleased that his side were able to keep a clean sheet, and hopes that the de­fence will con­tinue to per­form.

“I think it is im­por­tant that we had ex­pe­ri­ence at the back, that’s what I was look­ing for at the start of the sea­son, with younger lads in front,” he said.

“It’s gone well in this game against Wrex­ham and hope­fully that can con­tinue for the rest of the sea­son.”

It had been a busy week for Mac­cles­field ahead of the game with Wrex­ham, as Askey man­aged to se­cure the loan sign­ing of Adam Yates from Port Vale.

The Silk­men boss has re­vealed that an in­jury to Jared Hodgkiss in train­ing was what led him to bring­ing in Yates.

“Jared pulled his groin on Wed­nes­day. There was 30 sec­onds of train­ing to go and he pulls his groin,” he said. “It was the only po­si­tion we couldn’t re­ally fill but we’ve man­aged to get Adam in who’s got bags of ex­pe­ri­ence and lives lo­cally so he was ideal.”

Mac­cles­field were set to host Hartle­pool United at the Moss Rose as the Ex­press went to print on Tues­day, be­fore an­other home game against Brom­ley on Satur­day.

Robert Parry-Jones

Wrex­ham play­ers look de­jected af­ter con­ced­ing the only goal of the game

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