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Why Wrexham’s promotion push hinges on Speight’s goalscoring

At first glance, this title may look a bit over dramatic but if you take a minute or two to dwell on it, you will begin to see where I’m coming from. Done? Still don’t agree? Let me convince you.

This season has seen the goals have come from all areas of the pitch. With all of the strikers, bar Morrell, having faced lengthy times out on the sideline through injury or suspension (yes Danny, I’m looking at you!) this has been a necessity for the season to be as successful as it has been thus far. With just ten games to go, time is running out to catch Fleetwood Town and with the Cod Army looking unlikely to drop points any time soon, anything less than 30 points from a possible 30 for Wrexham should see them finish second and rewarded with a ticket into the lottery of the playoffs.

The win on Saturday against Barrow was soured by Wright picking up his second red card of the campaign and sees him miss the next 4 games (or 40% of the remainder of the season for the statistic lovers out there). With the squad being one of the smallest in the league already, an easily avoidable suspension does nothing but add to the pressure on the strikers to find the net in the final stages.

I suspect that Morrell will want to take a backseat approach during the run-in, as we’ve seen him do recently when all strikers have been available for selection, and this will be important in aiding him read the game and tweak the team where necessary when Wrexham inevitably find themselves in a close contest. For this reason, it is impossible to rely on him to fire in too many more goals.

Pogba seems to be struggling with match fitness, playing the full ninety in just two out his last five appearances. When on form, we all know he is capable of scoring crucial goals (Wimbledon, Luton etc…) but for me personally, he is too inconsistent. Whilst in the two most recent fixtures against Luton and Barrow he has put in two decent performances, he has also been known to look lethargic and disinterested from the first whistle. If the team starts to struggle, he is prone to fading from the game.

Wright, whilst banned for the next 4 games, will be available for the final 6. Since his return from dislocating his elbow against Brighton (which was his best performance in a Wrexham shirt by a country mile), he has managed to score consecutively in his last two games. Whilst it was looking like he was getting back to playing to his best, this suspension will mean no action for 4 weeks and I fear he will have lost some of that sharpness and confidence he was starting to show again.

Ogleby was signed during the January transfer window and has yet to start or even make the bench for a match as of yet. Whilst he looks like a good prospect, I don’t think he will be fully utilised this season unless an injury crisis was to occur.

Enter Speight. Signed by Saunders in the summer, the former Bradford City player is Wrexham’s top goal scorer with 15 goals in the league so far. He has also been one of the main sources of assists, with 6 to date. What he lacks in aerial ability he makes up for with a high work rate and a deadly combination of strength and pace. Surprisingly, for a striker, he is also one of the most competent players defensively in the side. Since returning from injury earlier this year, his confidence has improved week by week and this culminated in him scoring on Saturday.

With him starting every game when available, as long as he doesn’t pick up a serious injury (touch wood!) then I predict him to be the one who fires in the goals that lead Wrexham to success this season. His pace, strength and dribbling ability has managed to do damage to the teams Wrexham have faced so far and I think he has enough in his locker to do the same damage to the opposition during the final fixtures.

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Music enthusiast, gamer and an all-round annoyance with a strong opinion on anything and everything. A Wrexham FC supporter for my sins.

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