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First away win "feels great", says Hayden

27 August 2022

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First away win "feels great", says Hayden

27 August 2022

Wrexham AFC defender Aaron Hayden was delighted to play his part in helping the Red Dragons claim a first away win of the season on Saturday.

The centre-back scored twice as Phil Parkinson's side overcame 10-man Woking 3-2 in front of the BT Sport cameras, with Ollie Palmer the scorer of the third goal to help make it back-to-back league victories.

Hayden was named Man of the Match for his display, and said it was pleasing to get up and running on the road.

"It feels great to get the points, because that's what we came for," he said. "It was good to score two goals, but we made it hard for ourselves, so we've got a lot to work on, but it's hard to break down 10 men sometimes and the boys dug in today.

"Woking is always a difficult place to come to, but I thought the application was spot on, so credit to all the boys.

"I want to help the team as much as possible, mainly by keeping the ball out of the goal at the other end firstly. I was a bit disappointed with their first goal but, at the end of the day, we got the three points and that's all that matters. We'll now look to improve going into Tuesday.

Asked about his commitment to the cause, having suffered a cut to his eye at the weekend and put his body on the line to put Wrexham 2-1 up at Woking, Hayden added that it's all part of his role.

"I get battered and bruised every week, but that's my job! I want to put my body on the line for the city, to try to get us up to the EFL, so if I have to take a few bruises for it, that's what I've got to do.

"The supporters travelled hundreds of miles to come to see us today, and it's like that every single week. I'm very grateful to them for showing their support, and long may that continue. Thank you to them."

It's now a quick turnaround for Wrexham, with a home game to come on Tuesday evening against Gateshead, and it's one the defender is looking forward to.

"As I always say, whether you're playing well or not, winning is a habit. We aren't getting carried away because we've had two wins in a row, there are still 40 plus games to play, so we've done nothing yet.

"We just have to keep our heads down and keep improving, and I think there's a lot more to come from this team."


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