Here’s my column from last week’s Leader. It forms part of the paper’s comprehensive pre-match coverage every Friday, featuring interviews, an in-depth look at the opposition and lots of statistical analysis. All content in the column (c) http://www.leaderlive.co.uk. Wrexham face a long journey south tomorrow to a venue where we enjoyed immediate success. Our first trip to Salisbury saw Brian Little’s Wrexham hit the top … Continue reading Preview: Salisbury City (a)
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
They say you should never go back, and in general I fully subscribe to that theory. Thank goodness Chris Maxwell doesn’t though: he could be the exception that proves the rule. Generally, going back to the scene of your greatest successes is fraught with danger. Expectations are too high, players are often older and a little over the hill when they rerurn, and it just … Continue reading Maxwell’s Return Reflects Well On Both Him And Morrell
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
>So Christian Smith has gone on loan to Newport County. It’s an odd deal, but then that’s in keeping with his bizarre career at Wrexham. Few players have divided Wrexham fans like Smith in recent years, and I’m sure plenty of you have actually vacillated between one camp and the other as his career has waxed and waned. There’s nothing terribly surprising about that, I … Continue reading The Ballad of Christian Smith
> Never mind where’s Wally, where’s Angelos?When we signed Angelos Tsiaklis I was rather pleased. Here was a player who’d done well on loan last season and was clearly technically sound. With him on the pitch results were good last season, so he appeared to be a good acquisition. I was pleased with his debut at Cambridge too. Having not been attached to a club … Continue reading >An Embarrassment of Riches
> Christian Smith’s suspension leaves Dean Saunders with no option but to wrestle with an issue which is coming to define our season: the balance between defence and attack. He knows that in Smith and Andy Fleming, a pairing who have been fixtures in the centre of midfield for a while now, he has a duo who offer admirable protection to our defence but are … Continue reading >A Matter of Balance
>I wrote a few months ago about how Rhyl has become a refuge for ex-Wrexham players, and now another colony of former Dragons has appeared! Just as the North Wales coast became a welcoming home for Brian Little’s cast-offs, so York is a safe haven for those surplus to Dean Saunders’ requirements.Martin Foyle has loaned Kyle Critchell, Simon Brown and Levi Mackin, while Shaun Pejic … Continue reading >Wrexham Reserves Part Two!
> With Dean Saunders looking to clear out his squad, it’s perfectly understandable for our minds to wander to who’s in favour and who isn’t. Well there’s one player who must be very concerned after the Altrincham game. Will Sam Aiston already be mentally packing his bags? Think about it. I suspect an awful lot of fans, if asked who they suspect Saunders will be … Continue reading >Is the Writing on the Wall?