Macclesfield Town boss John Askey says he is disappointed with the 4-1 defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday afternoon, especially considering the team’s strong start to the game.

Macclesfield took the lead just after the 10-minute mark through an excellent drive from Mitch Hancox, who has been in fine goal scoring form of late.

A dubious free kick was awarded the Daggers just before half-time however, and Luke Guttridge’s shot from the dead ball assured the two sides went in level at the break.

Neill Byrne was shown red early in the second half, and things went downhill from there, despite the home side still creating several chances.

Speaking after the game, the boss said: “I thought we started the game very well, scored, but then gave away a poor goal. I didn’t think it was a free kick but we should’ve dealt with it nonetheless.

“Second half we came out well and I thought we were well in the game. It’s just a poor moment that cost us. Even at 2-1 Ollie Norburn had a good chance though. The effort was there and that’s first and foremost. The decisions costed us defensively.”

Though the score line did not reflect the performance, John has asked fans to rally behind the players despite the frustrations of this result.

He said: “I thought we were more than in the match but they have a far superior budget and I thought there was very little between the two sides.

“We aren’t playing on a level playing field and we’re matching teams that we’re playing against. I understand the frustrations, but we’re in a position where everybody needs to get behind the players.

“We’re not in a bad position. We’re trying to get into the play-offs and we’re trying our hardest on one of the lowest budgets in the league. We’ve got to Wembley already, and there’s not many other clubs who could do what we’re doing.”


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