Wrexham FC: Paul Rutherford aims to improve goal tally


Richard Williams

PAUL RUTHERFORD remains frustrated that he hasn’t scored enough goals for Wrexham but he has vowed to start taking his chances.

The midfielder, brought in from Southport last summer, has only struck once this season when he netted an injury time winner at Guiseley back in August.

An opportunity to end his drought went begging in Saturday’s win at Braintree but Rutherford is determined to get among the goals, hopefully starting against Gateshead at The Racecourse tomorrow.

“I am a little bit critical of myself and feel I should have scored when I had a chance to lob the Braintree goalkeeper,” said Rutherford. “It was a poor effort.

“It really gets to me that I am not scoring more goals, especially when I have had the chances to score.

“I look at the positives in that I am getting the chances to score, throughout my career I felt I haven’t always been in those positions where I should be scoring.

“I do feel the goals are coming because I am getting in good areas, it is just about me taking those chances.

“I will always back myself that I am going to start taking them and hopefully it starts tomorrow.”

Rutherford, who has activated a contract extention keeping him at Wrexham next season, can can solice from the fact he is weighing in with assists.

The 29-year-old set-up Ollie Shenton for the winning goal at Braintree and his cross led to a penalty that was converted by Anthony Barry in the victory against Solihull Moors the previous weekend.

“I have always been a creator throughout my career and even if I am not having the best of games, I could create something,” said Rutherford.

“I normally do create something during the game and that is my strength, my bread and butter.”

Those two successive away wins means 10th placed Wrexham have only lost once in nine matches, while Gateshead are in even better form.

The Heed have won their last five matches, leaving them just two points away from the play-offs, but Rutherford insists Wrexham will be fired up to try and extend their impressive run.

“We took maximum points from two tough places and it was a perfect response to our home defeat against Aldershot,” said Rutherford.

“I don’t remember losing too many at home and three that spring to mind– Macclesfield, Aldershot and Lincoln – are all at the top end of the table.

“It is going to be another challenge for us but it is one that we are looking forward to, and we have certainly got no fear going into the game.

“We are bang up for it and we are confident we can get three points.”

Manager Dean Keates knows Gateshead will be difficult opponents but admits the onus is on Wrexham to pick up a third successive victory being at home

“We were disappointed with the last home game against Aldershot, we asked for a reaction after that second half performance and we got it,” said Keates, who will face familiar faces in ex-Reds trio Manny Smith, Wes York and Jamal Fyfield.

“Gateshead are on fire at the minute and just outside the play-offs. They have won five on the bounce so we are expecting a tough test.

“We are at home and we know the expectation that comes with being at home so all being we can put on a performance, back up them two away wins and get a home victory for the fans.”

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