LUKE YOUNG insists the Wrexham players have not lost belief and remain confident that they can string some wins together and pull clear of trouble, starting tonight against Harrogate Town at The Racecourse.

Dean Keates has returned to the Racecourse for a second spell as manager and takes the reins with Wrexham sitting 20th in the National League, only out of the relegation zone on goal difference.

Wrexham took the lead at Woking on Saturday in Brian Flynn's final game as interim boss but had to settle for a 1-1 draw after the hosts scored an equaliser.

Buoyed by a much improved performance, Young believes there is a lot to build on when the Reds host Harrogate.

“We all know the situation that we are in,” said Young.

“We all know that we are good players and we have just got to believe in ourselves, and believe that we can go into any game believing that we can win it.

“We are trying to start a little run to try and get up the table as much as we can, starting against Harrogate after a positive result at Woking.

“Not the result we wanted but the performance and we were unlucky not to come away with three points so we have got to take that into Harrogate and try and come away with the victory.”

Young feels Wrexham should have picked up more than the four points they accrued in Flynn's three game spell in temporary charge following the sacking of Bryan Hughes a fortnight ago.

“We have had a couple of positive results; we were unlucky at Woking, it was a disappointing result at Solihull and we had the home win against Ebbsfleet.

“Out of the three games you look at it and we are quite disappointed not to come away with more points but we have now got a home game against Harrogate and go into that thinking we can get a positive result.”

Keates, who managed Wrexham from October 2016 to March 2018 before leaving to take charge of hometown club Walsall, was appointed as Hughes' successor on Sunday.

Young joined Wrexham last summer following Keates' departure and the rumours surrounding who would not take over The Racecourse hotseat were not affecting the midfielder.

“I played against Dean for Torquay numerous times,” added Young.

“I don’t know him personally but just know him through playing and obviously you know the name, and that he was manager at Wrexham before.

“Us as players can’t affect the manager situation. We can only control what happens on the pitch, putting performances in, getting results and getting Wrexham back up the table where they should be.”

James Jennings, who gave Wrexham the lead at Woking, says there are lots of positives to take into the clash against Harrogate as the Reds aim to start climbing away from trouble.

“For large spells we dominated it and we are disappointed that we did not get that first away win,” said Jennings.

“But there were still positives to take.

“We have got a home game and if we take the positives – the way that we counter attacked and moved the ball quickly for large spells at Woking, like we did second half against Solihull – if we can do that at our place with the fans behind us which we know they will be, we should get the three points.

“We have got to build a platform where we get back on a run, get points on the board, and you get into a good habit then of a winning mentality.”