I find the rough treatment meted out to ex-players tiresome when they return to their old clubs (except for those special circumstances where they made a mess before departing, of course!) I’d rather look at how an old boy is doing and feel pride that they’re doing okay without us. Carlos Edwards set up a goal last week; John Ruddy continues to carve out a … Continue reading Walker Flourishes on S4C
The Hereford game was interesting on a tactical level. It showed an important progression over the course of Andy Morrell’s time as manager. The general shape of the game showed a tactical progression we’ve made under Morrell. While he’s maintained the 4-3-3 we established under Dean Saunders, an issue we used to have under his predecessor doesn’t tend to be as pronounced. Morrell was wise … Continue reading Morrell Upgrades Saunders’ 4-3-3
Throughout the last year my greatest hope for a WST-run club was that it would look to do the right thing, something I wouldn’t have previously assumed would happen at The Racecourse. We’ve seen a nice example of them doing exactly that today, when the club saw Joe Clarke right and gave him a contract. I accept that in our current diminished state we’re hardly … Continue reading Do The Right Thing
You have to fear for Stockport County and Dietmar Hamann after seeing this performance. Admittedly, Wrexham showed why they’re top of the table with their best performance of the season, and if they’d scored six or seven The Hatters would have been in no position to complain. However, County certainly played a major role in their own downfall. Admittedly, Wrexham prepared well for them, and … Continue reading Tactical Report: 15th October 2011 Wrexham 4 Stockport County 0 Blue Square Bet Premier
Ah, the joys of the post-match ritual! Hurriedly stuffing my commentary equipment into my bags and rushing down to the press room/reception/once and future club shop to try to get there before the manager turns up! Trying, and usually failing, to avoid the results on the TV in the corner as I like to be surprised by Match of the Day. Lurking in the corridor … Continue reading Dietmar, Griff and Silent Chris
It’s hard not to warm to Hayes & Yeading. They play football the right way, passing and probing, on a part-time budget with miniscule crowds to fund their squad building, and they obliging roll over to let us tickle their tummies and take the points away when we venture onto their patch (or the patch they’re currently renting!) Apologies for the patronising tone, and the … Continue reading Tactical Report: 9th October 2011 Hayes & Yeading United 0 Wrexham 2 Blue Square Bet Premier
Brian Flynn always looked at the season in ten game periods and with Wrexham having played their tenth league game of the season at Haig Avenue on Tuesday I thought a first review of the season so far was called for. So where are we? Second in the table only trailing pre season favourites Luton Town by goal difference indicates a good start to the campaign … Continue reading Ten games in……………..
So Chris Blackburn has been put on the transfer list. Although the details of the dispute between him and Dean Saunders which seems to have led to this state of affairs are naturally between the two of them, it’s easy to imagine the direction it took, and if the obvious is correct, I can’t help feeling that Blackburn has hardly made a sound call. It’s … Continue reading Blackburn Roving?
Tactics came to the fore in this match, with the crowd’s reaction to Dean Saunders’ approach sparking post-match debate on Red Passion. The manager was quick to lay bare his approach after the match as well, and to be honest the dissent over what was seen as negative passing is baffling: Wrexham stuck to his gameplan and as a result earned an emphatic win over awkward … Continue reading Tactical Report: 13rd August 2011 Wrexham 3 Tamworth 0 Blue Square Bet Premier
I’m starting to get Chris Blackburn. I wasn’t sure about him at first, but I’ve begun to see his value to the team, and hopefully he’ll follow the pattern of previous players I’ve taken a while to warm to. If he does, he’ll be in pretty illustrious company. I’ve overcome my reservations to end up seeing a player as absolutely key before. I wasn’t sold … Continue reading Blackburn Following in Carey’s Footsteps
>I’m not at all surprised to hear Dean Saunders is looking into the loan market. We might be doing fairly well at the moment, but we’ve managed to paper over the cracks in the squad. There are gaps in the playing staff Saunders has put together that could cost us very dear Look at it this way. If you ask Saunders who his first choice … Continue reading Temporary Solutions
>Dean Saunders’ squad is starting to take shape, and the pedigree of the players he’s signing is sending out a clear message of his intentions. Last Summer we saw him bring in young lads like Curtis Obeng, Nathan Fairhurst and Adrian Cieslewicz. Now he’s focussed on players who are established at our level or higher. It seems like a wise move to me. Chris Blackburn, … Continue reading The Bearded Wonder!