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PARKINSON | “We couldn’t find that moment of quality to win the game”

Manager frustrated by ‘slow’ goalless draw with Bromley

19 March 2022

Manager Phil Parkinson called on his Wrexham players to recapture their intensity when the Red Dragons kick-off a run of seven home games with Tuesday’s match against FC Halifax Town.

Speaking after the goalless draw away to Bromley, Parkinson admitted it had been a slow game – with the artificial playing surface contributing to that.

But the manager reiterated the importance of ensuring that, even below their best, Wrexham stood firm to claim a point, a clean sheet and an eighth game unbeaten.

“I thought it was a slow game,” he said. “The pitch slowed the game and we couldn’t quite get our intensity to where we would have liked it.

“Saying that, we’ve had chances to win the game. We know how dangerous they are from set plays, and with their long throws, and I thought we handled that really well.

“We just couldn’t find that moment of quality to win the game.

“We’re on a good run. Today, just dipped below where we’d like to be and maybe the circumstances contributed to that but we’ve got to get back to it on Tuesday and make sure we raise the energy levels and raise the intensity of our play.

“It was a hard-working display from us; we lacked a bit of quality at times in our passing – a few misplaced passes, which is uncharacteristic of us, especially in these past few weeks – but we’ll take the point, get back on the bus and look forward to two home games next week.”

The match at Hayes Lane was the first time Parkinson had managed a competitive game on a 4G pitch, and the Wrexham boss admitted it had been an unusual experience.

He added: “It’s definitely a different feel to the game. It’s the first competitive game I’ve managed on a 4G pitch and there’s definitely a different feel to it.

“Everything’s a little bit slower, the way the ball moves across the surface, and we didn’t have that tempo that we like to play with and that we’ve had in previous weeks but if you’re not going to get the win, you have to make sure you get a point and that’s what we’ve done today.”

Parkinson also delivered an injury update after Aaron Hayden went off at half-time and Rob Lainton was stretchered off on the hour.

Hayden missed out due to illness, while Lainton was taken to hospital with a suspected fractured wrist.

But Parkinson played down the impact of the injuries on the performance, insisting he had no qualms about the players who came on.

He said: “Tyler came on. He’s a good player, and I’m never worried about him whether he starts or comes on.

“Dibbs, his performance last week – I thought he was excellent – and it was good for him to have that game in preparation for coming off the bench.”

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