What a magnificent performance by Wrexham, and what a fascinating insight into how good their defensive unit is. While a jocular Andy Morrell was exaggerating when he said his side didn’t touch the ball in the last half hour, there was an element of truth to his comment. Briighton penned his side back, but they were still forced to resort to long range shots as the defence … Continue reading Tactical Report: 7th January 2012 Brighton & Hove Albion 1 Wrexham 1 FA Cup 3rd Round
As I mentioned in my previous post, 2011 was a remarkable year for Wrexham FC. But who were the men who made it so? As I mentioned, we’ve a rock solid defence to build on, and that’s reflected in a glance at the goalkeeper statistics. The decision to give Joslain Mayebi a run in the team ahead of Chris Maxwell was a massively divisive one, … Continue reading Achievements of 2011
This was a game which laid bare both Wrexham’s strengths and the area they need to address if they are to consolidate their challenge for the title. Very hard to break down, they have to make sure they strike the correct balance between defensive shape and creative flair. To focus on the positives, the record-breaking seventh consecutive league clean sheet was never really in doubt. … Continue reading Tactical Report: 26th November 2011 Braintree Town 0 Wrexham 0 Blue Square Bet Premier
Both Dean Saunders and Andy Morrell have illustrated, through their handling of the goalkeeping position this season, that if they believe a player has done well, he should keep his shirt. It’s a stance I understand, but don’t necessarily subscribe to fully; I can’t help feeling that Alex Ferguson, faced with such a dilemma, would ultimately take the hard-nosed decision that the better man should … Continue reading Fowler is the Key
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
So Andy Morrell started his managerial career off with a great away win, but don’t expect any tactical innovations from him, at least not yet! This victory was straight from the Dean Saunders manual, and Morrell admitted as much afterwards. How could it be otherwise when he had just one day to prepare his team after the job landed in his lap out of the … Continue reading Tactical Report: 24th September 2011 Grimsby Town 1 Wrexham 3 Blue Square Bet Premier
The off-field developments today are much more important than what has happened in the manager’s office, but putting them to one side for a moment, what are the ramifications of Dean Saunders’ departure? Will it derail the promotion push or just be another dramatic moment in a memorable campaign? There’s no doubt Saunders has done a fine job over the last year, reshaping his squad … Continue reading So Where Has Saunders Left Us?
Wrexham finallly came unstuck in their eighth game of the season, and there’s no doubt that their Fowler-centric approach was less effective than it has been in any other game this season, but while the reasons for that are worth analysing, don’t let that, the absence of Mark Creighton or criticism of the referee, blind you from the one basic factor which shaped this game: … Continue reading Tactical Report: 10th September 2011 Barrow 3 Wrexham 1 Blue Square Bet Premier
You can get too fixated by the other side, and although, to be fair, there was a gulf in quality between the two sets of players in this match, You rather suspected that Alfreton boss Nicky Law’s attempts to smother the opposition merely inhibited and confused his own team by the end. Oddly, during the August Bank Holiday weekend last season Wrexham experienced an uncannily … Continue reading Tactical Report: 27th August 2011 Alfreton Town 1 Wrexham 4 Blue Square Bet Premier
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?
The best laid plans of mice and men and all that! Dean Saunders, in a sticky situation, played his hand pretty cleverly in this match, but was let down by that most frustrating managerial variable: players. That’s not to knock the team, which looked rusty after an incomplete pre-season but competed ferociously. However, individual errors meant that while Saunders got his tactics right, he didn’t … Continue reading Tactical Report: 13th August 2011 Wrexham 1 Cambridge United 1 Blue Square Bet Premier
This seems to me to have been the most predictable of pre-seasons. I seem to recall spending many a July desperately trying to work out just how Wrexham’s manager would field a balanced side from the lop-sided bunch he’d assembled, but this time round the starting eleven for next Saturday seems to be North Wales’ worst kept secret! I might be proven embarrassingly wrong just … Continue reading No Surprises
>I’m cautiously optimistic, which is as good as I’ve felt all season! Signing Nat Knight-Percival is a very positive early move. An established player in the Conference whose energy delivers around ten goals a season from the flanks is going to be a useful addition, and anyone who was a key part of Histon’s success in recent years is going to be able to handle … Continue reading The Uneasy Security of the Pre-contract