Wrexham FC sweat on Mayebi appeal


Richard Williams

JOSLAIN MAYEBI will line up for Wrexham at Southport this evening (7.45pm) if the goalkeeper wins his appeal against Saturday’s sending-off.

Mayebi was red carded by referee Nick Kinseley for elbowing in Wrexham’s 4-2 defeat against Alfreton Town in the first round of the FA Cup but player-manager Andy Morrell hopes the Welsh FA overturn the decision so the Cameroonian is spared a three-match ban and can play at Haig Avenue.

“I have had it slowed down, zoomed in, everything, and we are going to try to appeal it,” said Morrell, who will turn to Andy Coughlin if he is not successful.

“It looks bad when you look at it from afar because it looks like he has caught him and the geezer’s reaction doesn’t help.

“There is no intent. It is not an elbow and he is looking to get him off because the lad has got hold of him.

“He has tried to shrug him off, not elbow him in the face. And he hasn’t actually caught him in the face, he caught him in the arm because his arm is up.

“I can understand why the referee sent him off from the kid’s reaction and the way he has gone down. I think the punishment of him getting sent off is enough, I don’t think it warrants three games.”

Morrell was disappointed Wrexham bowed out of the FA Cup and wants his side to get back to keeping clean sheets after conceding what he described as “silly goals”.

“I was gutted, it makes for a horrible weekend,” said Morrell. “I watched it again and we did okay, we just let silly goals in and made bad decisions.

“It is just small things that accumulate into bigger problems so we just need to nip them in the bud and we will be fine.

“There are no major problems. We are still okay and we have got an important game to look forward to and I am glad it comes round quickly and we can put it to bed.

“We know what Southport are about. They are a good counter attacking team and a big strong unit.

“It is not going to be easy but we are going there first and foremost looking to keep a clean sheet, and stop conceding silly goals.”

Morrell also wants Wrexham to be more clinical in front of goal and kill games off after seeing his side waste a number of chances on Saturday.

“We created a lot of chances on Saturday and on another day we could have been out of sight in the first 20 minutes,” said Morrell. “There’s no panic stations, we are alright, we have just got to tighten up on a few areas.

“We have got to be a bit more clinical in front of goal and take those chances when they come because we could be out of sight in a few of these games so we have to make sure we put them to bed early if we can.”

Fourth placed Wrexham trail leaders Newport County by four points but the Reds have games in hand on all three sides above them and Morrell is looking for a positive result at Southport.

“We are a couple of games behind a couple of teams so it will be good to get back on track and try to get that points tally ticking over again,” said Morrell.

Left-back Neil Ashton has agreed a new contract that will run until the summer of 2015 and Morrell hopes to offer deals to more of his players.

“January is coming and we don’t want people nicking our players like last year so if we can get a couple that we want signed up, we will try and move that along,” added Morrell.

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