Hitting Reset

It’s time to hit the reset button, and every Wrexham fan can help!

Two defeats in a row for the first time in over a year; two consecutive failures to score for the first time in over a year. Not the sudden downturn in form we wanted as we hit into the play-offs.

There’s no need to panic though. Hopefully, a return to The Racecourse is just what we need to get back to basics and revert to what we’ve been doing all season.

As the campaign has progressed, our form at home has been superb. We’ve blown away strong opposition: five goals were put past Stockport without replay; we scored seven goals against Boreham Wood, the best defence in the division; Halifax were flattered by a 3-1 loss; and we beat Saturday’s opponents, Grimsby.

Our wobble came on the road, and with hindsight it was coming. Since that wonderful run in February and March, when we won consecutive games at Chesterfield, Wealdstone and Notts County, our form on the road has become a little flaky.

Admittedly, we won 6-1 at Weymouth in that period, but we had to rescue ourselves with a stellar second half as we trailed at the break. 

That was our only win in our last 6 games away from The Racecourse, but at home our form has held firm. That’s why it’s so important that, rather than worry about why we’ve had this issue away from home, we focus on getting back to what we do so well.

That’s where the fans come in. Our performances at home aren’t purely down to the excellence of our players, although obviously that’s a rather important factor! The remarkable bond between the team and the crowd has been almost tangible in the run-in. 

Our supporters have been superb, and the two disappointments we just suffered illustrate how magnificent their devotion to this team is. After capitulating at Dagenham, the team were clapped off the pitch; when we conceded at Wembley, the fans swallowed their disappointment and started making noise.

It’s time for the home crowd to go to the well one last time, and create an atmosphere which reminds the players of what this season has been all about, and remember that they need only to attain the standards they’ve already set themselves to get through the play-offs successfully.  

We all need to pull together to overcome what will undoubtedly be a formidable challenge on Saturday. Grimsby showed terrific fortitude in their play-off quarter-final win at Notts County on Monday. 

They were the better side for almost all of the game, found a last-gasp injury time equaliser and then dug deep again to score a late extra time winner.

Those goals illustrated their resilience, and while they had to battle through an additional thirty minutes to earn a game at The Racecourse, they’ve had plenty of time to recover.

Still, when they came to The Racecourse in January, we were more emphatic winners than the 1-0 scoreline suggests. Ollie Palmer scored the winner on his debut, and Callum McFadzean and Tom O’Connor had yet to arrive.

The team was starting to come together, and had begun a sequence of home wins which currently stands at 14 wins and 2 draws out of 16 games at The Racecourse. Let’s get back to home sweet home and remind ourselves of what we’re all about.

We all know that the greater goal is promotion, and while I don’t dismiss the value of winning the FA Trophy in front of an amazing band of travelling fans for a moment, there’s no question that this will be a great campaign if we can manage two more wins.

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