Wrexham’s Win Over Bromley Was Much Better Than It Looked

The consensus after the Bromley game was it was an excellent victory but a poor match. The number of misplaced passes and errors was the main reason for drawing that conclusion, and I must admit that, for much of my commentary, I was making exactly that point. But I was wrong, and I realized it as the game wore on. We’re naturally attracted to creative … Continue reading Wrexham’s Win Over Bromley Was Much Better Than It Looked

Chester FC v Wrexham FC Tactical Report

  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

Wrexham v Grimsby Town Tactical Report

Even the most one-sided match can contain a moment when the lesser side can snatch the initiative. This was a memorable victory, but one in which either Grimsby’s joint coaches or their team got things badly wrong just when it mattered most. While there can be no question that Wrexham were deserving winners, if The Mariners had held their nerve in the last twenty minutes … Continue reading Wrexham v Grimsby Town Tactical Report

Wrexham 3 Gainsborough Trinity 1 – Tactical Report

This was a fascinating match tactically (hence my urge to do a tactical report!) as Gainsborough caused problems by asking a question Wrexham haven’t had to answer for a long time: what do you do against a midfield diamond? Trinity manager Steve Housham’s inital intention wasn’t to play that way though. However, his starting formation, a 4-3-3, malfunctioned badly as Wrexham overwhelmed his side in … Continue reading Wrexham 3 Gainsborough Trinity 1 – Tactical Report

Woking Tactical Report

Tactically this was a fascinating game, played out partly on the chalkboard before the match as Woking looked to turn their scouting information into a practical gameplan. In theory their thinking was sound, but they were denied by the quality of their opposition. Wrexham did certain things very well, specifically those which were necessary to counteract Woking’s approach and impose themselves on the match. Woking’s … Continue reading Woking Tactical Report

Tactical Report: 7th May 2012 Wrexham 2 Luton Town 1 (Agg: 2-3) Blue Square Premier Play Off Semi-final 2nd

Wrexham’s record breaking season ended cruelly on Bank Holiday Monday, and the main focus has understandably been on the terrific heart shown by the players. However, the match also answered a tactical key question I’ve posed recently: whether Andy Morrell and Billy Barr have a Plan B when things go wrong. The evidence of the Luton game is that they most certainly do, and it’s pretty … Continue reading Tactical Report: 7th May 2012 Wrexham 2 Luton Town 1 (Agg: 2-3) Blue Square Premier Play Off Semi-final 2nd

Tactical Report: 31st March 2012 Cambridge United 1 Wrexham1 Blue Square Premier

The post match comments from Andy Morrell and Stephen Wright summed this performance up. Wrexham underperformed massively, looking like they had little in the tank for the match, and should have been very happy with the point. It was a match where too many small factors weighed against them, tipping the balance in Cambridge’s favour. The first key factor was the suspensions Wrexham suffered. In recent weeks, … Continue reading Tactical Report: 31st March 2012 Cambridge United 1 Wrexham1 Blue Square Premier

Tactical Report: 7th January 2012 Brighton & Hove Albion 1 Wrexham 1 FA Cup 3rd Round

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

Tactical Report: 26th December 2011 AFC Telford United 0 Wrexham 2 Blue Square Bet Premier

Spirit, resolve and set pieces saw Wrexham through this typical derby match. It was a game in which you’d hardly describe them as fluent, but they showed the mental toughness and appetite for a scrap they might need to stay above Fleetwood Town. It was also a game which offered a clear illustration of Wrexham’s strengths and weaknesses. With Lee Fowler’s future up in the … Continue reading Tactical Report: 26th December 2011 AFC Telford United 0 Wrexham 2 Blue Square Bet Premier

Tactical Report: 3rd December 2011 Brentford 0 Wrexham 1 FA Cup 2nd Round

This was a magnificent performance by Wrexham, in which they were able to show off all the attributes which make them serious title contenders in the Conference. In a match which split into three clear parts, they played some of the best football they’ve managed all season in a first half which they totally dominated through their massive superiority in midfield and energy when they … Continue reading Tactical Report: 3rd December 2011 Brentford 0 Wrexham 1 FA Cup 2nd Round

Tactical Report: 26th November 2011 Braintree Town 0 Wrexham 0 Blue Square Bet Premier

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

Tactical Report: 5th November 2011 York City 0 Wrexham 0 Blue Square Bet Premier

What would Sky have called today if they covered the Conference? Summit Saturday? Second played fourth at Kenilworth Road as Fleetwood travelled to Luton, but having seen the quality of this game, they would have to be something special to deny either of these sides a spot at the top of the table. A match between the third and first placed sides only ended goalless … Continue reading Tactical Report: 5th November 2011 York City 0 Wrexham 0 Blue Square Bet Premier

Tactical Report: 15th October 2011 Wrexham 4 Stockport County 0 Blue Square Bet Premier

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