Macclesfield manager John Askey targeting FA Cup shock against Sheffield Wednesday
Macclesfield manager John Askey knows that a shock victory over Sheffield Wednesday can help their financial future.
Last Updated: 04/01/14 5:39pm
They will host the managerless Owls at a sold-out Moss Rose knowing that the £67,000 prize money for a cup upset and the possibility of a top-flight clash in the next round would provide the Silkmen with a much-needed boost.
Macclesfield faced a winding-up order in the summer and only the intervention of Cheshire East Council, who purchased the freehold of their Moss Rose ground, kept them afloat.
This will be the third consecutive season that Macclesfield have got through to the FA Cup third round and Askey admitted that winning the match is both important on and off the pitch.
"The FA Cup is massive to smaller clubs and the financial rewards are huge," Askey told the Yorkshire Post.
"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."
Askey has overseen a fine run of recent form and Moss Rose has become their fortress as their 12-match unbeaten run there stretches back to mid-September, and he is hoping this will remain the case this weekend.
"We've got nothing to lose. There is going to be a big support and hopefully we can give the fans something to cheer about on Saturday," Askey said.
"What we don't want to do is turn up and get rolled over. We've got to turn it into a real cup tie and with a little bit of luck we might get a result.
"It's great for the players, as a player you just want to do yourself justice and hopefully they will.
"It is a really good game to look forward to after the Christmas period that we've had."
And the Silkmen should have a full squad to select from after Danny Whitaker served his one-match suspension in the 3-0 win over Hyde while Carl Martin will return to action following his injury.