The Benefits of a Settled Side

Two games I have seen this week have once again brought home the number of players that have passed through the revolving door at The Racecourse over the last few years. Firstly although unable to travel to Wembley on Tuesday the appearances of Andrew Crofts, Neil Taylor and Joe Allon confirmed that players can go on to bigger and better things after leaving North Wales. When added to the growing number of ex Reds plying their trade in the Premier League, all who have featured in the last few years that North Wales premier club has been in a decline, it confirms that we have had some good and promising players at the club. On Wednesday I witnessed The New Saints comprehensively beating Neath in a game which featured several ex Wrexham players on each side. Simon Spender, Steve Evans and Alex Darlington lined up for the home side whilst Kai Edwards, Kristian O’Leary and Lee Trundle were in the Gnoll outfits starting eleven.

There are an increasing number of ex Wrexham players now wherever you look at many levels of the game and yet by naming the same 10 outfield players and only one enforced change in goal last weekend Dean Saunders men have made the best start to a season since the early days of the last century. There are anecdotal stories from history where Aston Villa won the league using only 14 players and many more examples confirming a settled side reaps rewards. I remarked to Mark in commentary last week that each of the players now knows their job and the team is starting to purr like a well oiled machine, this can only come from training and playing together on a regular basis. In truth, with only a small squad to choose from and the disappointing result in the week from a strong looking reserve side, we need all the players to stay fit and free from suspension but who is to say that the start they have made cannot continue as we head up the M6 to Barrow tomorrow. Will it be the same again from Dean or will he be tempted to tinker now that Keates, Little and Westwood are heading back to fitness? The number of ex players around at the moment indicates to me that chopping and changing the squad hasn’t brought success but fortunately I do not have to make that decison, that responsibility falls to the Blue Square Manager of the Month. So far this season he has got it right and long may that continue.



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