Macclesfield Town manager John Askey believes that the Silkmen deserved to win the first leg of their Buildbase FA Trophy semi-final on Saturday.

The game ended all square after Tranmere Rovers were awarded a controversial penalty two minutes into the game which was scored by Jeff Hughes. Macc then appeared to have scored minutes later however, the ball had not crossed the line according to the linesman after Steven McNulty had headed the ball onto his own bar.

Ollie Norburn levelled the game nine minutes into the second half and even though Askey thought the Silkmen should have won the game he admits that they have every chance of reaching Wembley.

Speaking to after the game, the gaffer said:” I’m not happy because of the way that it came about, but it’s all still to play for so we have got to go and do it again, but I thought we deserved to win today.

“We’ve got every chance of reaching Wembley, and no matter what is thrown at us we’ve just got to roll our sleeves up and have a go and see where it takes us.”

Macc were unchanged from their quarter-final win on Tuesday night against Dulwich Hamlet but, there was a welcome return to the match day squad for striker Anthony Dudley.

Askey admits that the return of the frontman helps the team with the number of games the Silkmen have coming up as they look to finish in the top five.

He said: “Anthony coming back in helps us with the amount of games that are coming up from now until the end of the season. We still need more players but we’re in a better position squad wise than we have been in previous years. “


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