John On Tough Orient Test

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Fri 20 Oct 2017

John Askey admits that he is expecting a tough game when his side travel to Leyton Orient on Saturday, but is looking for his side to continue to build the momentum.

Following Orient's relegation to the National League last season, the game at Brisbane Road will be the first fixture between the two sides at this level.

So far, ‘the O’s’ have had an inconsistent start to their life outside the EFL and find themselves in 16th place after the opening 15 games of the season.

The Silkmen, however, will travel full of confidence after winning eight out of their last 10 games in all competitions and have moved top of the table in the process.

But despite his sides strong run, Askey is expecting a challenging contest and said that their current league place isn’t a fair reflection on the squad they’ve got.

“They’ve got some decent players and a big squad,” he said. “Obviously, they’re underperforming at the moment but their squad is better than what they’ve been showing. I hope we meet them on another day where they underperform.

“We’ll see what we can learn from the contest, but I’m expecting a tough challenge”

Whilst Macclesfield secured their place in the FA Cup first round last Saturday, Orient were forced to wait to do the same. A 0-0 draw last weekend against Dagenham meant the two-sides met, again, on Tuesday in the replay. Orient won 1-0 on the night, but Askey feels his sides own free week may give them an advantage.

“We went down and watched the game. We’ve got the two teams in our next two games so I felt it was important to do.

“Obviously, you’d like to think that extra game gives us an advantage. We go into it fresh, whereas one or two of their players might be feeling it later in the game on Saturday.

“We need to move onto the next one, Saturday (victory at Stourbridge) was great, but we need to continue our own momentum and build on it.”

By Steven Dale.

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