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PARKINSON | These Are the Games You Want to be Involved In.

Boss looks ahead to our midweek clash.

21 February 2022


PARKINSON | These Are the Games You Want to be Involved In.

Boss looks ahead to our midweek clash.

21 February 2022

On the back of a drama soaked comeback against Wealdstone on Saturday, Phil Parkinson and his side turn their attention to the top of the table, as they travel across to Derbyshire to face second placed Chesterfield.

And the boss is eagerly anticipating tomorrow night's headliner at the Technique Stadium. 

“[We’re] looking forward to it. It’s great to go into the game with three points from the weekend and we go across there in good spirits.” 

The thrilling end witnessed at Wealdstone, with a dramatic last-minute winner by Reece Hall-Johnson, has certainly enhanced squad morale ahead of this blockbuster affair.  

“We bounced back at the weekend; it was an excellent victory. Hard fought [but] we deserved to win.” 

Parkinson remarked on how the moments took a while to come at the weekend, but it was a true spectacle when they did.  

“[There were] a lot of very good individual performances and we will take those performances to tomorrow night. 

We didn’t get frustrated, and I think that’s really important. It’s happened before in games where we’ve retained that element of calmness and we got our rewards for that.” 

Hall-Johnson's winner marked our fifth goal of the season past the 90-minute mark, and it is this type of composure for which Parkinson was praising. 

A continuation of such moments and performances would not go amiss against our promotion rivals. 

Parkinson – who on Saturday surpassed his 700th league game in management - recognises the challenge his side faces tomorrow night on the back of the 1-1 draw at the Racecourse in October.  

“We had a very tight, competitive game against them here and I expect tomorrow night to be no different.” 

Wrexham’s Paul Mullin saved a point for the Reds that night and Parkinson is aware of the battle his side faces against the Spireites. 

In tomorrow’s clash, the league's top scorer Kabongo Tshimanga will be missing after suffering a potential season ending injury against Weymouth. 

Chesterfield’s last match equalled the drama of Wrexham’s, as they let slip a 2-0 lead against Solihull Moors to lose 3-2, on the back of Curtis Weston being sent off 23 minutes in.

Parkinson’s aim however, is firmly set on delivering his side’s initiatives. 

“These are the games you want to be involved in, we’ve got to concentrate on ourselves and what we need to do.” 

“As much as we can look at a few key individuals, it’s pretty difficult to second-guess how Paul Cook will set their team up.” 

Cook is famous for leading Chesterfield to the league one play offs on the back of winning League 2 in the 2013/14 season, and Parkinson will be eager to beat the former Ipswich manager in tomorrow’s encounter. 

Wrexham sold out their allocation of away tickets, meaning around 1,800 Wrexham fans can be expected at Chesterfield tomorrow and Parkinson will be fully aware of their presence.  

“It’s one of those nights when you get a great following that it can almost feel like a home game.” 

“I am sure the supporters will be right behind the team, with the Halifax game being the perfect example of that.” 

Parkinson was beyond proud of the travelling fans’ performance in the late comeback at Halifax in November and expects an equal atmosphere tomorrow.  

Chesterfield vs Wrexham is set to be a big day in the National League calendar, but in the boss’ own words; “we have the belief.” 

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