Askey welcomes Wednesday tie

Macclesfield manager John Askey was pleased with his side's home draw against Sheffield Wednesday in the third round of the FA Cup.

Last Updated: 08/12/13 at 17:41 Post Comment

John Askey: Macclesfield manager welcomes FA Cup draw

John Askey: Macclesfield manager welcomes FA Cup draw

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Skrill Premier team defeated Cardiff City at Moss Rose at the same stage last season before losing 1-0 at home to eventual winners Wigan in the fourth round.

The tie against managerless Wednesday, who are 21st in the Championship, gives the Silkmen a chance to earn some much needed cash in order to pay off their debts with the winner's receiving £67,000.

Askey, who replaced Steve King as manager in June, told Sky Sports News: "I think it's a good draw for us - the fact that we have been drawn at home against such a big club as Sheffield Wednesday. They are obviously not having the best of times at the moment and they won't relish coming here.

"The FA Cup is massive to smaller clubs and the financial rewards are huge. It's vital to us because we have hit rock bottom this season - the sort of season we are lucky to survive, so any money that we can get in is much needed.

"If we can manage to beat Sheffield Wednesday, that would be a big shot in the arm for survival."

Macclesfield drew a crowd of 2,438 to Moss Rose for their 3-2 victory over fellow non-league side Brackley in the second round and Askey is hoping the locals will turn out in force for the visit of the Owls.

He said: "They are starting to come back and we are starting to become a family club again. We are starting to get a lot more support than we were in the last two or three years so it's good to see and people are enjoying it.

"We are competing with Manchester United and Manchester City and you are never going to compete with them so it's important that we get the young kids involved from the local community and they get behind their town team.

"That's what football clubs are about - they are about community and identity and hopefully the Macclesfield people will get behind us."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

inners: All of us watching the latest installment of The Daley Blind Hour. This weeks episode was called Sun Kissed In Merseyside, and although it was a bit of a downer, he was splendid to look at.

tk421
Has Di Maria's Spell In England Turned Sour?

I

think Liverpool should start trying alternative therapy now, given that Sturridge's hips and knees are apparently unfathomable to modern medicine. Voodoo, acupuncture, healing oils, rolling in the snow after a hot bath, its all got to be worth a go now.

slideways
Sturridge doubt for run-in

W

ell thats the most one sided, Mourinho ass kissing, Terry loving conlcusions I have ever read. Does Daniel Storey have a tattoo of the Chelsea crest on his calf too? What a plonker.

goonergo
16 Conclusions: Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea

Footer 365

Jose Mourinho: Cesc Fabregas not in PFA team 'strange'

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says it is 'strange' that the PFA Team of the Year has no place for Cesc Fabregas.

Chelsea captain John Terry: We are definitely not boring

Chelsea captain John Terry claims that nobody will remember their defensive performances in the title run-in.

Javier Hernandez is hard to drop on current form, says Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti admits Javier Hernandez's starting position is non-negotiable given his current form.

Mail Box

Mail From Fan Who Craves Relegation...

In this case it's a Sunderland fan who just wants to see a clear-out. We also have mails about Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton. It's long and it's sexy...

Is This What Arsenal Fans Feel Like?

'It's all well with the short and pretty passes, but we did absolute f*** all up front,' writes one Man United fan. We have mails on Chelsea, Brendan Rodgers and...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company