Wrexham FC are Dean's only concern

Reporter:

Richard Williams

DEAN SAUNDERS is more concerned about his Wrexham team performing well rather than any threat Grimsby might pose when the teams clash at Blundell Park tonight (7.45pm kick off).

Wrexham head to Grimsby on the back of an eight-game unbeaten run which has helped the Reds climb to ninth place in the Conference table, just three points away from the play-offs.

Opponents Grimsby, relegated from the Football League last season, are one of the favourites for promotion and currently find themselves two points behind Wrexham.

But Saunders is more focused on his side performing as well as they have done in recent matches: “I am not worried about them, all I am worried about is us,” he said. “We have got to carry on doing what we have been doing and if we do that, we will be okay.

“Grimsby beat Luton not long back and they have just come out of the Football League. And last season we did well against all the so-called big teams.

“But I am more worried about us showing the same attitude, and not taking the foot of the gas.

“We have to play all the teams at some time and we have got to go out with the same mentality and attitude, which is excellent at the moment, and keep picking up points.

“There is no point worrying about the opposition and at the moment we look really dangerous, a lot of players are doing well.

“We are playing with confidence and I am going into the game thinking about how they are going to stop us. We will give them respect, but my team talk will be about us.”

Saturday’s 4-0 victory over Histon meant that Wrexham recorded back to back wins for the first time since the start of February, and while the Reds have edged closer to the play-offs, Saunders insists there is a long way to go: “We won the two games which was the most important thing,” he said.

“I want us to keep picking up points while we are gelling, which we are. We still need strengthening in certain areas and I will try and do that as we go along.

“Eleven games have gone and there is a long way to go. We are only three points off the play-offs, there is nothing in it.

“Teams in the play-offs at the moment will end up halfway and teams at the bottom will get to the play-offs.”

Goals from Jamie Tolley, Dean Keates, Gareth Taylor and Nat Knight-Percival earned three points on Saturday and Saunders admitted it was only a matter of time before Wrexham thrashed someone.

“It has been coming, I think anyone watching will say we were going to hammer someone,” said Saunders.

“Histon had an early chance which could have changed the game but Chris Maxwell made a good save.”

Although Wrexham are enjoying a good run of form, Saunders is not resting on his laurels and worked on defending in yesterday’s training session.

But the Reds boss is particularly pleased with how his midfield is performing: “It is a new back-four and Chris Maxwell has now gone behind them so that is another new element,” he added.

“We have to keep going over things like the basics of defending when we lose the ball. We play a 4-3-3 formation and have a plan to stop teams getting at us.

“Dean Keates has been playing really well and knows what he is doing and Jay Harris has been getting around the pitch getting the ball back.

“Jamie Tolley gives us something we have not had. He makes forward runs and knows when to go. We have got him fit now and he is getting in goal-scoring positions.”

Midfielder Harris has overcome a hip problem sustained against Histon meaning Saunders has a fully fit squad.

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