Saunders admits attack is the way forward for Wrexham FC

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Richard Williams

DEAN SAUNDERS is relishing the prospect of facing AFC Wimbledon at The Racecourse on Saturday and insists Wrexham won’t fear the Conference high-flyers.

Wrexham remain unbeaten at home in seven matches this season after battling to a 0-0 draw against impressive Fleetwood Town in an entertaining clash on Tuesday night.

Even when Fleetwood were in charge, Saunders decided to keep three players in attack as he was only interested in picking up three points and Wrexham had chances to clinch victory.

And the Reds boss is looking for Wrexham, still three points away from the play-offs, to play the same way against Wimbledon who remain in second place after beating Mansfield Town 5-2.

“Wimbledon are obviously a good team, they are flying high and scoring goals,” said Saunders.

“But I don’t think we have lost at home for five months or something like. We are going well at home so we are not frightened of anybody.

“If we battle like we battled against Fleetwood and get a bit of luck, which we didn’t get there, we can give anyone a game. Hopefully we will get a decent crowd. We are playing well.

“It was worth coming to watch the game on Tuesday. I want us to play like that, up-and-at-you football.

“We played three up front and even when they had bits of possession, I just kept the three up front because I was trying to get the three points.”

Saunders was convinced Wrexham deserved to beat Fleetwood Town based on the amount of chances they created, and it looked as if Wrexham had scored a late winner when a Marvin Andrews header was saved by goalkeeper Scott Davies and the follow-up following a goalmouth scramble struck the underside of the bar and appeared to cross the line.

But the lineman didn’t award a goal and when asked whether a draw was a fair result, Saunders replied: “No, we had eight chances to score and I think we deserved to win. We battled and battled.

“I think we had eight chances, we had more chances than them.

“Chris Maxwell has made a great save tipping one onto the bar but even after the ‘goal’ the referee never gave, Nat Knight-Percival is clean through and I am thinking 1-0.

“We had a few chances first half as well, it was a good game to watch.

“Nil-nil is not a disaster but the officials have decided the game again.”

Saunders added: “We had a decent crowd for a Tuesday night and they got behind the team.

“I was really pleased how the players reacted because I just said we were a yard off it first half, they raised their game and battled.

“While they are battling like that we will win games, and really we should have ended up winning 1-0.”

Saunders praised the contribution of midfielder Jay Harris who has been troubled with a hip problem sustained in the home victory over Histon on September 25.

Harris limped off in the following game at Grimbsy and was not risked in Saturday’s victory against Darlington, and although he was named on the substitutes’ bench against Fleetwood, he was required after 26 minutes because Jamie Tolley was taken off injured.

Saunders admitted the recent busy schedule of matches had taken its toll but he said Harris was a big influence.

“The players are playing three times a week and it has been going on for a while,” he said. “There were players there with heavy legs and it took us 20 minutes to get going.

“Jay came on and made a big difference to us because he gets around the pitch and he has got fresh legs because he has not played for a week, and he only played quarter-of-an-hour anyway at Grimsby.

“Maybe I should have started with Jay but he is not 100 per cent fit.”

Hopeful that Tolley has not broken his wrist and will be available for the visit of Wimbledon, Saunders added: “Jamie has just bent his wrist right back. I don’t think it is too bad, I don’t think it is broken and I think he will be alright for Saturday.”

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