Manager John Askey has praised Tuesday night’s performance against Dover Athletic after Macclesfield Town came away with a 2-2 draw.

It was goals from Anthony Dudley and Ollie Norburn that secured a hard-earned point against promotion chasing Dover in what was tightly contested encounter.Macclesfield Town FC

Speaking after Tuesday’s game, the gaffer told that he was delighted with the performance considering The Whites’ were so close of grabbing a final play-off place.

“I’m really pleased to come here and having nothing to play for, managing to get a result”, said Askey.

“I give full credit to the players. You can’t ask for anymore off the players when a team’s goal is try and get into the play-offs.

“I thought up until they scored the second goal, for the majority of the game – we controlled it.”

Despite getting the point, Askey believes that Macc could have got more out of the game. The Silkmen took the lead twice at the Crabble Athletic Ground, allowing Dover to equalise twice.

“I think we deserved more. I thought the referee gave a penalty that wasn’t. It seems to have happened to us a lot where we’ve had penalties given by referees where it really shouldn’t be. But, I don’t want to get into that. Our players were terrific.”

The National League’s leading goalscorer, Ricky Miller, managed to score a penalty for Athletic on Tuesday in what would be his 37th goal of the campaign. Aware of his threat beforehand, Askey believes that his defence did an excellent job in containing the danger-man.

“Everybody is aware of Ricky’s goalscoring ability and to stop him from scoring from open play, there hasn’t been many teams that have been able to do that.

“But again, I’m really pleased but slightly disappointed that we weren’t able to keep out the second goal.

“Having said that, when we hit the inside of the post in the last minute – I thought it was going to be the winner.”


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