So what do we take from that? Three terrifically valuable points for a start: when we were on a roll, winning week-in, week-out, there was a sense of inevitability to our late winners. Winning was a habit and we had it. So grabbing a win like that this season was significant. We’ve been searching for late goals in vain, so turning a draw into a win was a real positive.
But it shouldn’t have come to that. Should we be glad we dominated the game, glad we created a succession of chances, or concerned that we managed just two goals from a game in which we so often looked like scoring? It’s one of the great oddities of this season that we’re the fifth highest scorers in the division but it doesn’t really feel like that when you watch us. That nice sense that a goal is round the corner isn’t there this season, the regular scorer we’ve had in recent seasons isn’t there, yet the goals have been coming. Maybe they just haven’t been coming at the crunch times.
The coaching staff won’t have been happy with the failure to turn opportunities into goals, and they won’t have been pleased to see Southport carve out two of their best chances from break-aways after a Wrexham corner and a third after we really ought to have scored. But they also saw their side show enough resolve to come back from behind and win, to snatch a late goal when the frustration was building up to boiling point.
Oh, and Dean Keates was back. All in all, not a bad night after all.
Wrexham (4-3-3): Coughlin; Carrington, Tomassen, Artell, Ashton; Clarke, Keates, Harris; Anyinsah, Bishop, Hunt. Unused subs: Mayebi, Parle, Evans, Bailey-Jones, Thornton.
Attendance: 911 Away: 205