Making The Smart Move

Last Tuesday felt reassuring. We might not have closed out the win, but Dean Keates’ first match back as boss didn’t just have a sense of familiarity because he was on the touchline. We looked comfortingly compact again. There was a sense of organisation about the side, a solid shape and good distances between players. We weren’t open to the break as we have been … Continue reading Making The Smart Move

5 Questions Before Woking v Wrexham AFC

Can we play three at the back without Pearson? With Shaun Pearson suspended, will Brian Flynn persist with three at the back? You suspect he will, but losing the skipper tears a big hole in the heart of our defence. But who replaces the big man? Michael Chambers is the obvious call, although Doug Tharme might feel it’s about time he got his opportunity. Tharme … Continue reading 5 Questions Before Woking v Wrexham AFC

5 Questions Before Solihull Moors v Wrexham AFC

Is JJ Hooper ready to start? Returning earlier than expected, JJ Hooper made a real impact off the bench. He set up the winning goal and his movement enlivened Wrexham’s attacking play. But surely it’s asking too much to hope he could get through 90 minutes 3 days later? Does Carra continue as a centre back? We all know that Mark Carrington can do everything. … Continue reading 5 Questions Before Solihull Moors v Wrexham AFC

Will Brian Flynn Turn The Clock Back?

Who would have thought Brian Flynn would return to the Wrexham bench (or his seat in the directors’ box, I suppose!) Being a caretaker manager is a complicated affair. Is he just keeping the seat warm for the next incumbent, or will he try something different? It’s hard, in a way, to define what “something different” is at the moment as we’ve used four distinct … Continue reading Will Brian Flynn Turn The Clock Back?

The 2 Games That Sealed Bryan Hughes’ Fate

I wasn’t looking forward to next Saturday. If the atmosphere was ugly a fortnight ago, what would it have been like against Ebbsfleet, having lost twice against sides that leap-frogged us to get out of the bottom four, leaving us in the relegation mire in the process? Both defeats were galling too: at Aldershot we missed chances and conceded in the 94th minute, having collapsed … Continue reading The 2 Games That Sealed Bryan Hughes’ Fate

5 Questions Before AFC Fylde v Wrexham AFC

What happens if we lose? It’s the fundamental question of the night. Defeat would surely mean an horrendous atmosphere next Saturday would be inevitable if the status quo remained. The club wanted to do the right thing by backing Hughes last week, but circumstances are in danger of spiralling out of control. Will Lawlor return? With the side leaking goals, and Jake Lawlor finally available … Continue reading 5 Questions Before AFC Fylde v Wrexham AFC

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

#WxmAnorak | Wrexham AFC 1 Stockport County 2

Wrexham’s first home defeat since Eastleigh 2/5/19, and first league home defeat since 12/3/19 v Barrow. Last time Wrexham went 2 home league games without a win were the last home game of 2017-18 and the first home game of 2018-19: 28/4/18 AFC Fylde 0-0 & 7/8/18 AFC Fylde 0-0 Leighton McIntosh scored his first goal for Wrexham, and his first goal since he got … Continue reading #WxmAnorak | Wrexham AFC 1 Stockport County 2

Wrexham AFC Mustn’t Panic, Just Play To Their Strengths

I was feeling more positive about this season than I’d expected to until Monday. That certainly gave me cause to reassess things The performance at Hartlepool was poor. Frankly, the clearest indication of that was the low quality of the home side’s performance. The excellent Liam Noble aside, they didn’t look too clever. Okay, so Gime Toure scored two as well but the striker, who … Continue reading Wrexham AFC Mustn’t Panic, Just Play To Their Strengths

#WxmAnorak | Wrexham AFC 1 Halifax Town 0

Wrexham’s first win over Halifax in 6 games, ending our longest winless run against them. First time Wrexham have won with ten men since 23rd September 2017 at Tranmere. We’ve had players sent off in 5 subsequent matches. First time Wrexham have scored with ten men since the Tranmere win. Last time Wrexham won at home despite a red card: 10/03/2012 Barrow (h) 2-0 Last … Continue reading #WxmAnorak | Wrexham AFC 1 Halifax Town 0

5 Questions Before Wrexham AFC – Halifax Town

Can we do that “Fortress Racecourse” thing again? Our recent home record is magnificent. Discarding the Eastleigh defeat, partly because it was a play-off, partly because it just feels right, we’ve won our last five home league games, and eight out of the last nine. With familiar problems on the road re-emerging, we need to keep that whole “Fortress Racecourse” thing going. Is it time … Continue reading 5 Questions Before Wrexham AFC – Halifax Town

Wrexham’s Game at Borehamwood Illustrates How Weird Football Is

Just a quick word of warning before I begin. What I’m about to write could easily sound like an argument against data analysis in football, but it’s nothing of the sort. Intelligent, through analysis can only help in the preparation of any team, and I look forward to the day when the football dinosaur is extinct: I’m sure I’ve already mentioned Gary Mills’ reluctance (or … Continue reading Wrexham’s Game at Borehamwood Illustrates How Weird Football Is

#WxmAnorak | Borehamwood 2 Wrexham 2

Last time Wrexham failed to win when holding a lead: 27/10/2018 Chesterfield (a) 1-1. The last three times Wrexham have failed to win when after holding a lead, they have conceded an equaliser in added time (Borehamwood, Chesterfield, Bromley) Wrexham’s first draw in 14 games (Last draw: 23/02/2019 Gateshead (a) 1-1) First time Wrexham have failed to win at Borehamwood. First time Wrexham have failed … Continue reading #WxmAnorak | Borehamwood 2 Wrexham 2