Macclesfield boss John Askey calls for clinical performance against Braintree

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Macclesfield manager John Askey believes his side will have to be more clinical if they are to beat Braintree this weekend.

The Silkmen will be looking to bounce back having seen their National League play-off hopes take a blow after a 1-0 defeat at home to Barrow on Wednesday.

And Askey believes that they will need to take their chances when they host Braintree on Saturday.

“(Looking back to that loss) It was poor finishing and timing of runs,” said Askey. “We’re struggling to hit the back of the net.

“All we can do is keep working at it.

“It’s just a matter of someone putting the final touch on things.”

The Silkmen currently sit in ninth place, just six points off the play-off places.

Despite there being a number of teams in the hunt, Askey would not be drawn on how important Saturday’s clash was, saying:

“Everyone says it’s a must-win game but we’ll see at the end of the season.

“If we win, the picture changes from Wednesday’s loss.”

Braintree will be a tougher test than their league position suggests, with the Essex outfit having lost just twice in their last ten games.

And Askey puts their improvement down to the impact manager Hakan Hayrettin has had on the squad.

“The manager’s done a good job there,” he said. “At the start of the season, they looked disorganised and poor.

“But he’s gone there and brought one or two players in.

“They have got goals in them so we’ll have to be at our best.”

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