Wrexham FC must relax admits Saunders

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Richard Williams

DEAN SAUNDERS wants Wrexham to be less anxious after seeing yet another match end in a draw despite taking the lead.

The Reds drew for the fourth time in five outings on Saturday when they were held to a 1-1 draw by York City at The Racecourse.

Andy Morrell gave Wrexham an early lead when he scored his fourth goal of the season but York hit back to claim a point.

In three of the four draws Wrexham have taken the lead and Saunders said his side have got to learn to relax when they go ahead.

“If we get two wins then the draws look okay,” he said. “If we don’t get the wins then they don’t look alright.

“York are a good team, but we had a great start. We have been over the DVD and we just take a step back against teams.

“We have had great starts and early on we are on top. We just seem a bit anxious when we get in front.

“Looking at the game and the chances we had and York had, it could have ended 3-3.”

York took advantage of a mistake by left-back Johnny Hunt to equalise just 11 minutes after going behind.

Hunt was making his first appearance of the season in place of the suspended Neil Ashton but Saunders thinks the 20-year-old has got a bright future.

“Johnny did alright considering he made an error for the goal,” said Saunders.

“He won three corners for us, one of which we should have scored from, and he put a lot of balls into the box.

“But Johnny will end up being a good player for us, he just needs experience.

“He and Declan Walker are learning. Johnny has got character and a good attitude, and so has Declan.”

Right-back Walker is currently being kept out of the side by Curtis Obeng, and Saunders wants the England C international to make the most of his pace and take opponents on.

“Curtis has got to get outside people because of his strength and his pace,” said Saunders.

In the absence of a reserve team fixture this week, the Reds’ boss is hoping to arrange a behind closed doors friendly today to give some players who have rarely featured this season a much needed run-out.

“We will be having a game today for the ones who have not played or not played regularly,” said Saunders.

“When you do play them, no matter how much they have trained, they lack match practice.

“You only get that match fitness from playing games.”

Wrexham return to Conference action when they take on Kettering Town at Rockingham Road on Saturday.

Third from bottom Kettering, who signed former Wrexham defender Ashley Westwood in the summer, have only taken six points from eight matches this season and were beaten 4-1 at Fleetwood Town at the weekend.

But Saunders won’t be taking Kettering for granted: “I gather Kettering have been the better team in most of the games they have played,” he said.

“They have got a lot of decent centre-backs including Ashley Westwood so they will have been disappointed with the Fleetwood defeat.

“I imagine they will get a reaction on Saturday.

“There are no easy games, they are not easy for different reasons.

“Ten or 12 teams come at you and have a go, others sit back and the big teams try and bully you.

“And then you have got the referees who never cease to amaze me.”

Ashton is available after serving a one-match suspension and Saunders is confident centre-back Marvin Andrews will have recovered from a hamstring injury that has kept him out of the last two games.

“Marvin should be fit for Kettering,” added Saunders. “I think he might have been able to play against York but I did not want to risk it.”

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