John Praises Players After Stourbridge Victory

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Mon 16 Oct 2017

John Askey heaped praise on the performance of his players in the wake of the 5-0 win over Stourbridge on Saturday.

The victory, in the final qualifying round of this seasons FA Cup, saw the Silkmen, convincingly, book their place in the first round of the competition.

Ahead of the visit, Askey had made four changes from the side that had beaten Ebbsfleet in the league the week before. Three of the players brought into the starting line-up (Scott Burgess, Koby Arthur, and Tyrone Marsh) all found themselves on the scoresheet at the War Memorial Athletic Ground. Kieran Kennedy was also given the opportunity to impress.

Recent acquisition Danny Whitehead and Elliot Durrell were the afternoon’s other goal scorers.

Askey admitted, afterwards, that he was impressed by how well his team had played during the game.

He said: “Every goal really had quality. Scott’s (Burgess) goal is, obviously, a terrific strike but I think every goal we scored was really well taken.

“It started with Danny Whitehead, who, with the early goal, really gave everyone confidence. Getting early goals is something we’ve been working really hard on and every player has been working hard to do it in games. It really came to fruition and that’s really pleasing because it keeps the run going.

“It’s always a concerning task when you’re winning and think about changing the team, but, I felt we had to change it because I was looking further ahead than just this game. That selection problem doesn’t always work in the way you want it to, but on Saturday it really did.

“Coming into a winning team is difficult because the players themselves don’t know how their impact is going to affect things.  But we’ve got exactly what we want. We need players to come back into the team who are wanting to take their chance and I thought the four of them did really well.

“It’s competition for places and that’s what we want.”

By Steven Dale.

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