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PARKINSON | Boss looking for ‘sweet’ win

Boss seeks victory following cup exit

8 November 2021

Wrexham manager Phil Parkinson has admitted that maximum points against Aldershot tomorrow night would be ‘all the sweeter’ following last month’s abandoned clash.

Parkinson, who’s side led 2-0 at the Recreation Ground at the beginning of October had their imminent victory washed away as the game was abandoned after just 53 minutes.

“We’ll prepare the team as best we can to go down there ready to get back on the coach with the points” he said, adding “of course they’d be all the sweeter for what happened last time”.

Jake Hyde and Paul Mullin gave Wrexham the lead before half-time but after some controversy regarding efforts to clear the pitch ended up with the Wrexham squad trying to rid water from the playing surface, referee Sunny Gill blew the whistle early.

Now Parkinson faces a different test from the side we faced four weeks ago.

“It was very strange circumstances when we were down there previously but we’ve spoke about that at length – we go back down there tomorrow where they’ve got seven or eight new players whilst five or six have gone so they’re a different team in terms of personnel but a similar style to when we played them.

“We do our homework on the players and make sure we’re ready come tomorrow night to put in a performance similar to what we did down there because I felt the first 45 minutes it was as good an away performance as we’d put in at 2-0 up and very comfortable in the game.

“Three points is the aim every game, we’ve got to take each game as they come and go down there and give a good account of ourselves at Aldershot on Tuesday night.

"It’s about setting ourselves up to be effective against them, creating chances like we did down there first time and make sure we’re strong out of possession, if we get the balance of those two situations right we’ll have a very good chance”.

Wrexham are looking to bounce back from a 2-1 FA Cup exit at the hands of Harrogate on Saturday, which was Jordan Ponticelli’s opener cancelled out in the second half via two goals in the space of six minutes, and Parkinson felt mixed when looking back on the game.

“Up to the point of the free-kick we were very comfortable in the game and the crowd were getting frustrated with the home players, we got exactly what we set out to achieve until the free-kick, did Bris [Shaun Brisley] get the ball? It’s a strong challenge and Youngy [Luke Young] just slipped when he’s gone to close the ball down which when it went in I thought that gap looked too easy.

“When you look back, Youngy’s just slipped over, and the ball went between him and the wall which was obviously a disappointing moment in a period of the game where we need to manage the game better.

“Towards the end we’ve had several opportunities to get at least a draw from the game, we’ve taken a team who are in and around the playoff area in the division above us right to the wire without some key players for ourselves as well, so we have to take a lot of heart from that and take it into tomorrow nights game".


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