Subtle Shifts of Emphasis

I suggested a couple of weeks ago that the FA Cup tie at Harrogate was a turning point, and everything I’ve seen since has merely confirmed that notion.   That was the game which saw us switch back to a three-man defence, and since then we’ve been unbeaten in the league, dropping points once in five games and scoring 15 goals. We’ve scaled the table … Continue reading Subtle Shifts of Emphasis

Promotion Requires Patience

It feels odd to be preaching patience at the end of January, but this bizarre season, twisted out of shape by forces beyond anyone’s control, throws convention out of the window.  Dean Keates is still fine-tuning his side, and Tuesday’s game was an interesting indicator of his progress, up against a side which plays in a very similar manner, and looks to have clicked.  Our … Continue reading Promotion Requires Patience

Let’s Drop Three At The Back And Move On

Last Saturday’s game against Ayr United was, inevitably, an odd affair, but surprisingly enjoyable nonetheless. It might turn out to be much more significant than you’d expect, too, if it leads to the definitive ditching of our three-at-the-back experiment. In my first column of the season I admitted that I wasn’t keen on the 3-4-2-1 formation we trialed extensively throughout pre-season, and watching us start … Continue reading Let’s Drop Three At The Back And Move On

A Repeat of 2003 Will Do Wrexham Against Newport County

We’ve played Newport County before in the FA Cup, but it didn’t go well. The first time we ever met our South Walian rivals was in the sixth qualifying round of the cup, in December 1921. An impressive crowd of 8,693 saw us draw 0-0 at The Racecourse, and we lost the replay 3-0. Apart from two Welsh Cup wins over Newport in the mid-1920s, … Continue reading A Repeat of 2003 Will Do Wrexham Against Newport County

Is Three at the Back the Answer?

I’m surprised to be thinking this, but three at the back might be the answer Gary Mills is looking for. The second half fightback against Eastleigh with such a formation encouraged many to see it as an option, but that was an aberration which didn’t convince me we should pursue that shape further. It was kitchen sink tactics: two down after a poor first half, … Continue reading Is Three at the Back the Answer?

Let’s Keep The Momentum Rolling

Wrexham are currently enjoying their longest unbeaten run against Newport County. Let’s hope they keep it going for one more game! We haven’t lost in six matches against our South Walian opponents. In fact, if Wrexham avoid defeat we’ll equal the longest unbeaten run we’ve ever enjoyed against Newport by going five games without losing to County. Overall, in forty-one matches we’ve tended to have … Continue reading Let’s Keep The Momentum Rolling