Wrexham AFC: Keates calls for bravery against Solihull


Richard Williams

Dean Keates wants Wrexham to be braver against Solihull Moors.

Wrexham’s six game unbeaten run came to an end last Saturday after going down 2-0 to Aldershot, the Reds having the better of the first half before being outplayed after the break.

Keates, pictured, was disappointed with the second half performance, when Aldershot took advantage and scored twice, and admits Wrexham cannot let opponents be so dominant.

“We have watched it back and it is disappointing,” said Keates.

“First half we did okay, were on the front foot and created chances. We were the better team but second half was not good enough, we did not perform.

"We got pushed back and we seemed happy to be pushed back and give them space to go and play.

“We are at home and that is not good enough. There are going to be times in a game when the opposition gets on top but you need to try and play yourself out, get some yards and get up the pitch.

“That is not just booting the ball but we were getting pushed back and spending too long in our own half.

“Disappointing that we were camped in our 18 yard box, you have got to be brave.

“It has gone and we have got to learn from it. You will learn more from a defeat than you will from a win. We have got to put it right tomorrow."

Keats wants the Reds to guarantee National League safety as quickly as possible.

Wrexham have 46 points with 12 games of the season remaining and Keates is targeting a half century so that the focus shifts.

Talk of play-offs has been dismissed by Keates, but he wants Wrexham to improve on their 10th place standing once they hit the magic 50-point mark.

“We have done okay, been on a decent run and picked up the points we needed to and create the gap so we are not looking over our shoulder,” said boss Keates.

“I think 50 points is your buffer mark so you are not looking over your shoulder.”

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