John Askey is confident Macclesfield can cause an upset in their FA Cup third round replay after watching his non-league outfit earn a 1-1 draw against Sheffield Wednesday.
The Silkmen trailed early on to Reda Johnson’s powerful header but after mounting pressure in the second half, it was central-defender Steve Williams who poked home an equaliser.
The draw against the Sky Bet Championship side means Macclesfield are in the hat for the fourth round for the third year in a row.
And if all goes to plan at Hillsborough in the replay, then Askey sees no reason why they cannot continue a cup run that will go a long way to helping the cash-strapped side.
“The lads are delighted, they were a bit flat when we went in after the game because they had put so much into it,” he said.
“But once they get the second wind they will be celebrating again and I could not ask any more of them.
“Second half, we started to get a little more confidence and started to show that we can actually play and we created chances, they cleared one or two off the line and we were unlucky not to score again.
“It (the replay) will make a significant dent and hopefully we will take a good following and the Sheffield people will come out as well.
“It’s a big achievement for us to get a result and who knows, we could go there and hopefully cause an upset but they are big favourites and it will be nice just to go to such a historic ground.”
For Wednesday and Stuart Gray it is a case of regrouping in time for the replay after an inconsistent performance that frustrated the caretaker boss, who also revealed he will discuss making the job permanent on Tuesday.
“The disappointing thing is that in the last 10 minutes we could have lost the game,” he said.
“One thing you do know is that the home team will always get a spell but there was a 10-minute period where everything was self-inflicted.
“We either gave away possession far too easily or we gave away free-kicks which allowed balls into the box which we had to defend because they are a strong side from set-pieces.
“It’s the FA Cup and for some reason they run you down that little bit harder, they close you down that little bit quicker but maybe it was a little bit of a wake up call for our lads that they needed and we will get them back to Hillsborough in 10 days time.
“I will sit down with the chairman on Tuesday to discuss it (making the job permanent) but right now the most important thing is we are in the hat for the next round.”