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. We travel to Haig Avenue knowing we’ve always had a good record there, and recent results have only enhanced that fact! Last season we enjoyed a last-gasp … Continue reading PREVIEW: Southport FC v Wrexham FC
Looking ahead to the new 2014/2015 season, the players have returned to pre-season, new additions get to know their team mates whilst pre-season gives the chance for the new (well relatively new) manager and assistant to get a clear first eleven for our first game of the season, away to Dartford. But the first position to determine is undeniably the toughest: who will be the … Continue reading The Wrexham Keeper Conundrum
Kevin Wilkin has got me flustered. I’m getting confused what time of year it is, because he’s started making moves to sort out the squad for next year, and it feels far too early. This season I thought it was going to take until Christmas to get a settled side, due to our injury issues. It looks like Mr Wilkin plans to sort things out … Continue reading Three Kings, a baby and a star from the East
I suppose you could see this coming. Two sides which lack creativity and punch up front scraping their way to a scrappy goalless derby draw. The tension of the occasion gave it an edge which for some obscured the fact that neither goalkeeper had all that much to do. Indeed, that fact that the one decent save either keeper made, a sharp low stop … Continue reading Chester FC v Wrexham FC Tactical Report
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. The voting opened this week for the official player of the year through The Leader’s website and it’s interesting how the choices tend to wax and wane … Continue reading So who gets my vote?
I suggested yesterday that 4-4-2 wasn’t working for Wrexham. To illustrate the point, let’s have a look at how a 4-4-2 can function effectively and consider why it’s not happening for us. Brian Flynn’s promotion team of 1992-3 was a straight 4-4-2 side and it illustrated the balance required to make the system work. Comparing it to our current side suggests to me that we … Continue reading Flynn’s blueprint shows why Wrexham’s 4-4-2 doesn’t work
You can’t really say we didn’t deserve to win this match: after all, the only chance we created apart from the own goal Grimsby scored for us was a flick-on from a long throw which was going wide but was fumbled by the keeper. But it was terribly harsh how the defeat came about, and probably said more for our depressed current state than anything … Continue reading Grimsby Town 3 Wrexham 1
Wrexham’s new 4-4-2, impressive at Hereford, moribund against Kidderminster, disastrous at Braintree, will have a thorough examination this afternoon. It’ll be interesting to see if it emerges intact. I’ve seen a couple of Grimsby’s recent matches and their shape will test our formation thoroughly. Johnny Hunt and Mark Carrington will be absolutely crucial to our approach, both when we have the ball and when we … Continue reading Forget Wembley: Grimsby will test a Different Wrexham
Turns out 4-4-2 is the answer after all then! Billy Barr made bold changes to his team, switched around the formation and was rewarded with a result which was a tonic after last Tuesday. Most notably, he cracked the 4-4-2 conundrum, playing Mark Carrington high on the right. He and Johnny Hunt on the left would give a perfect illustration of the roles wide midfielders … Continue reading Hereford United 0 Wrexham 2
Here’s the Hereford podcast featuring Billy Barr and Joe Anyinsah Continue reading Hereford United v Wrexham FC Podcast
Things fall apart. This felt the rather unpleasant yet probably inevitable consequence of the last few months. We’ve put together enough decent performances to keep the back door to the play-offs alive, but even by Andy Morrell’s admission, that route is now closed. This was the match where the incremental deteriorations in the team caught up with it. They started well for a half hour, … Continue reading Wrexham 0 Barnet 1
Here’s more Congy Red goodness! I’m writing this before we beat Barnet. That’s right BEFORE we beat Barnet. I have carefully analysed our current situation and ‘Nothing can go wrong now’. Fans of the DJ Danny Baker may recognise the phrase. He asked football fans to ring in and give him stories about their teams when they were cruising to victory, and were hit by … Continue reading Nothing can go wrong now!
To be honest, the results of the poll I set up asking who you’d select as Wrexham’s first choice striker threw up the winner I expected, and that in itself illustrates something a little worrying about our season. Despite having scored the third most goals per game in the Skrill Premier, being the fifth highest scorers of a division in which just seven sides have … Continue reading Poll Results: who is Wrexham’s first choice striker?