Wrexham FC boss eyes the 50-point mark


Richard Williams

PLAYER-BOSS Andy Morrell is targeting victory against Alfreton Town at The Impact Arena tonight (7.45pm) which will take Wrexham to the 50 point mark.

Wrexham extended their unbeaten run to four games after drawing 1-1 against Newport County in Friday’s top-of-the-table clash and Morrell wants the second placed Reds, one point behind leaders Grmsby Town, to approach the clash with mid-table Alfreton in the same manner.

“These are the ones that catch you out, the games that aren’t against teams at the top,” said Morrell. “They are the ones that test your attitude and your focus.

“We will be going down there on the back of four undefeated and will try to get that win that takes us to the 50 point mark.

“A few of the other teams will play on Saturday (when Wrexham face Sutton United in the FA Trophy) so we have got to make sure that we get as many points as possible on the board before then.”

Morrell won’t be underestimating Alfreton given the fact that Nicky Law’s side knocked Wrexham out of the FA Cup at the first round stage in November.

“I don’t think our attitude was wrong, we just didn’t play very well,” said Morrell. “We have to be better but we know their threats.

“We have got our own threats so I am hoping to go down there and give them a good game.”

Morrell was pleased with his side’s performance at Newport and is expecting Alfreton to be equally as direct.

“Watching it back I thought we did okay,” said Morrell. “We had the better parts of it on a tricky pitch and we gave as good as we got.

“I know their manager is saying they were disappointed not to win it but we could probably say the same, that’s why I thought a draw was probably fair.

“It will be a different game tonight. If you think Newport threw it in our box a lot, then get ready for it because it is coming in again.

“They are a physical, big side and get about the pitch so we are going to have to raise ourselves to go again and try to get three more points which will help us immensely.”

Morrell will be able to call on right-back Danny Alfei who has extended his loan deal from Swansea City by 18 days to the maximum 93 days but has not confirmed whether the Wales under 21 international will remain at The Racecourse beyond that.

“It has just been extended by the 18 days that we can,” said Morrell. “It gives us a bit more time to have a think and a re-jig, and it gives Danny a bit of time as well to think what he wants to do.

“He has done great the last couple of games, I think he is a bit fitter now than he was and coming out of that sort of football into this sort football, it is a bit of an eye-opener even though he has been and done it before.

“It still takes time to adjust but he has done okay so far.”

Midfielder Jay Harris is expected to be fit after limping off with a foot injury at Newport and Kevin Thornton, a non-contract signing, is available after receiving international clearance but Morrell and fellow frontman Brett Ormerod remain sidelined.

“Jay came off with his foot, we will just have to see how he is but he will travel,” added Morrell. “Brett and I aren’t going to be available but I think both of us are fairly close. Sutton on Saturday might be too soon but the game after that there would be a chance I would have thought.”

Meanwhile, Morrell will take another look at an 18-year-old centre-back, who has been on Arsenal and Stevenage’s books but was most recently playing in Sweden, in a practice match against Fleetwood tomorrow.

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