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John Askey calls for improvement following defeat to Macclesfield Town

13 October 2019


John Askey calls for improvement following defeat to Macclesfield Town

13 October 2019

Vale fell to a 2-1 defeat at Moss Road yesterday afternoon despite taking the lead after 12 minutes, and John Askey admits that the team have to improve if they are to pick up three points on Saturday.

Askey was left frustrated after yesterday's result, but stresses that his side didn't deserve anything following a lacklustre performance in Cheshire.

Despite the result, the boss emphasises that his side will not spend time thinking about the performance, just like they wouldn’t if it was three points.

Askey admits that his side feel hurt by this defeat yet stresses that it is a perfect opportunity to take their frustration out on Stevenage next Saturday, where the Vale will look to extend their unbeaten league start at Vale Park.

He said: "I think when you're 2-1 up, you know last five, ten minutes you expect pressure, and we did [apply pressure]. One or two corners, shout for penalties and half chances, but I just didn't think we deserved anything today.

"We've got to improve from today, remember how well we have been doing, especially at home as you say, and it's another good opportunity to get three points and progress, you don’t have to spend too much time thinking about today, just as you don't spend too much time when you win.

"Games like today hurt, and will hurt the players for two or three days but you've got to channel that now you know, and when you feel like that, you've got to take it out on the next team you play against and if we can do that then we won't be in too bad a shape."

Despite taking the lead early on in the game, Askey claims that his side never really got playing throughout the 90 minutes.

Vale are still searching for their first away win in the league this season, yet have put on some impressive displays away from home which makes for even more frustration.

Richie Bennett netted his fifth of the season in all competitions yesterday afternoon to put the Vale ahead, and the gaffer says that his side need to kick on after going ahead, which they didn't manage to do.

"We didn't play, right from the off we never got the ball down and passed like we can do so it was a very disappointing performance and we got what we deserved today.

"Even though we haven't won away from home, we've played some good football but today we never really got going, last ten minutes we showed a little bit without being a real threat but it just wasn't good enough.

"We were fortunate to get the goal after 12 minutes without really causing them too many problems, and then you think get the goal and we'll push on from there which we didn't do."

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