The anti-Morrell brigade were desperate for him to go so Wrexham could have a change of fortune. Well, here it is.
Wrexham never conceded five goals in a game under Morrell, and never conceded four in an away game. While claiming this result was solely down to his departure yesterday would be specious, it would also be naive to suggest that such a collapse had nothing to do with what happened. Suffice to say that if the players were this shell-shocked after Morrell left, then it’s fair to assume that those who claimed, despite all the evidence to the contrary, he’d lost the changing room were pretty wide of the mark.
You can only feel sorry for the coaching staff who remain and had to try to rouse the team for this match. While I suspect the board would have looked for a manager from outside the current set-up anyway, there’s no doubt that tonight’s mauling will have put paid to any hopes Billy Barr had of succeeding Morrell. He and Michael Oakes deserve better, but then so did Morrell.
Anyway, here’s some statistical context to a rather unfamiliar heavy beating:
- In his 140 matches in charge, Andy Morrell only saw his Wrexham side concede four goals twice, and both games occurred in the space of three matches in October 2013.
- First injuries and suspensions meant we had to play Brett Ormerod in midfield, with Jamie Morton on the bench, against Lincoln City, and lost 4-2. That scoreline was replicated three weeks later when we played Alfreton Town in the FA Cup, but the collapse was down to a disastrous afternoon for Joslain Mayebi, who made an error to gift Town an equaliser, then got sent off for hitting an opponent while the ball was safely in his hands. Alfreton converted the penalty and then picked Wrexham off on the break as the ten men poured desperately forward. It’s fair to say that those matches were probably something of an aberration, and not only because of the circumstances, as we didn’t even concede three goals in a game over the rest of the course of that season!
- Funnily enough, both those matches were played at home. We never conceded four goals in 68 games away from The Racecourse under Morrell; indeed, we only conceded three goals in three of those games.
- In fact, we only let in three goals in a match eight times under Morrell, and a number of those were in extenuating circumstances. In four of those matches we had a player sent off, and another was the highly controversial home loss to Braintrree last September, when the third goal was the hotly disputed own goal by Steve Tomassen.
- Also, we only conceded three goals in the first half of a match once under Morrell, earlier this season at Halifax when we suffered from the controversial sending off of Stephen Wright and resulting penalty.
- The last time we conceded five goals in a match was that incredible 7-2 defeat at home to Gateshead in February 2011.
- The last time we let in four in an away game was at Eastbourne in August 2010.
- The last time we let in five in an away game was at Stockport in September 2006.
Depressed yet? I know I am.