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INTERVIEW | Parkinson 'Couldn't Be Happier'

Wrexham boss thrilled with Barnet win

24 October 2021

After Saturday’s rampant away win at Barnet, Phil Parkinson revealed he “couldn’t be happier,” with his team’s performance and securing the clubs second win on the road this season.

The Red Dragons put on an impressive display in front of the 917 travelling away supporters, with clinical set pieces proving the key to victory.

After Paul Mullin opened the scoring in the 24th minute, Ben Tozer’s trademark throw was met by Aaron Hayden to double the advantage and Shaun Brisley rose from the Jordan Davies corner to put the game out of sight.

Speaking at full time, Phil said: “I thought we looked a very strong and professional team today and more importantly dangerous when we attacked.

“We got the three goals, but we should have scored more than that because we created some fantastic chances.

“We looked dangerous and got in some fantastic positions; Mulls [Paul Mullin] has scored a fantastic goal and I’m so pleased to get the goal from the long throw and the set play.

“Three goals and a clean sheet away from home, we couldn’t be happier than that.

Parkinson made one change from Tuesday’s FA Cup replay win against Marine with Bryce Hosannah replacing Dan Jarvis.

Hosannah played an instrumental role in the side’s free flowing football and should have added to the three goals in the game and open his Wrexham account.

When discussing Hosannah’s impact on the performance, Phil expressed his delight with his overall impact to the team.

“I felt Bryce’s pace going forward could cause them problems and I thought he was really good going forward and his ability to go past people made a real difference today.

“We always pick the team on a game-to-game basis and who the opposition are.

“We went for Bryce today instead of Dan Jarvis a little bit because Dan played his first game in a long time on Tuesday, in a high energy position.

“Dan was excellent on Tuesday and is going to play a big part this season.

One man who did open his Wrexham account was Shaun Brisley, who slammed his header home inside the penalty area to cap off a superb display.

The former Port Vale and Notts County man put in another terrific performance on his league debut, and manager Phil Parkinson echoed the sentiment.

“I’m really pleased for Bris [Shaun Brisley] who has waited patiently in the wings, and he did well on Tuesday and earned the right to stay in the team.

“I thought he gave us a real tough edge today with his performance; he won every header, when he had to clear it, he cleared it and getting the goal was the icing on the cake.

Saturday’s thumping victory see’s the club move into 11th position ahead of Tuesday night’s away clash against Maidenhead United.

They managed to climb out of the relegation zone with a dramatic last gasp winner against Woking live on BT Sport, and Parkinson challenged the players to continue their form on the road again.

“I said it on the coach on the way back [from Marine] me and Steve Parkin will look at everything and speak to the medical team on people’s freshness and energy levels and we will pick the team accordingly.

“We’ve set really high standards here today and I look forward to continuing it at Maidenhead on Tuesday.”


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