Wrexham FC boss remains calm after draw

Published date: 07 January 2013 |
Published by: Richard Williams
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PLAYER-BOSS Andy Morrell was not getting carried away despite seeing Wrexham briefly return to the top of the table for the second time in four days.

A 1-1 draw against Newport County in Friday’s top of the table clash at Rodney Parade enabled Wrexham to replace Grimsby at the summit by virtue of the fact the Reds had scored more goals.

But as on New Year’s Day when Wrexham kicked off earlier than their rivals, Grimsby reclaimed top spot on Saturday following a 1-1 home draw with Hereford but Morrell was just pleased with the effort from his side to ensure they got something out of the Welsh derby and extend the unbeaten run to four games.

“I think we had some really good chances but we will take a point and on to the next,” said Morrell, whose second placed side are one point behind Grimsby.

“It takes us top (for the night) but that is nothing really when there are 20-odd games to go. Our lads have put everything in because that is the fifth game in two weeks and we have got another one to go and then another one.

“It is tough but they give me everything every time they go out there and when you have got that, you have got half a chance.

“I don’t thing anyone has ever won it in January. It is nice to be there, that is where we want to be at the end of the season, but I think there are a few twists and turns and peaks and troughs to go just yet.”

Newport had a golden opportunity to take the lead in the first half but keeper Joslain Mayebi made a superb save to keep out Andy Sandell’s penalty after dangerman Aaron O’Connor had been fouled in the area by Danny Alfei.

“It was lapse it concentration really from us from a throw mid-half,” said Morrell.

“They get in but Joslain has been really good for us recently, he has calmed down a little bit from where he was and he is doing great for us.”

Wrexham, happy to defend in numbers and then counter attack, took a 34th minute lead thanks to that ploy as Adrian Cieslewicz fed leading scorer Danny Wright who struck for the fourth game in a row and took his tally for the season to 11 goals with a cool finish.

“We said we would defend it and then we will catch them on the break,” said Morrell.

“Newport put bodies forward, throw bodies in there and put the ball in your box, and we defended it great.

“It was ideal and Danny is in really good form at the minute.”

Morrell has completed the signing of midfielder Kevin Thornton, who has been on trial at Wrexham since last summer and has now made a full recovery from injury, on non-contract terms but the former Coventry City and Northampton man was not considered at Newport as clearance had not been received.

But the Reds’ player-boss wants to strengthen his squad further during the January transfer window to aid Wrexham’s promotion challenge.

“I am trying, the lads need a little bit of help, I think we are a little bit light on the decks,” added Morrell.

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