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PHIL PARKINSON | “We want to make sure that we put on a display tomorrow which really pays tribute to those who tragically lost their lives.”

Phil Parkinson shares his pre-match thoughts ahead of tomorrow's encounter with Torquay United

23 September 2022

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PHIL PARKINSON | “We want to make sure that we put on a display tomorrow which really pays tribute to those who tragically lost their lives.”

Phil Parkinson shares his pre-match thoughts ahead of tomorrow's encounter with Torquay United

23 September 2022

Phil Parkinson insisted his side will be ready for whatever Torquay throw at them ahead of tomorrow’s Vanarama National League fixture.

Unbeaten in six, the Red Dragons will be hoping to capitalise on home advantage, winning every game so far this season at the Racecourse Ground.

The visitors currently sit in 20th position, picking up seven points from a possible fifteen on their travels so far

And, looking ahead to the game, Parkinson said: “They’ve had some decent results on their travels and from what I’ve watched of them they’re a hard-working team as Gary Johnson’s teams always are.

“They put their bodies on the line and defend the box well. They’ve certainly shown those qualities in their recent away games and we’re aware of that.

“Formation-wise, we’re not sure because they’ve had a couple of injuries of late and changed their system a couple of times.

“We’ve prepared to be at our best and we’ll deal with any system or tactical change when the game kicks off.”

Last time out, Parkinson’s men earned a point at Southend United’s Roots Hall, in what was a competitive affair between the two sides.

Southend thought they had taken the lead through Wrexham loanee Jake Hyde, who slotted home past Howard, before eventually being ruled out by Referee Aaron Bannister.

Since then, the players have been put through their paces, including the first victory by the Reserve Team, and Parkinson explained it has been a good week on the training ground.

He said: “We said after the game last weekend that we’d have taken a point on the day.

“There were qualities in the performance of togetherness and resilience but equally we know we can play better in terms of the care and the quality of our passing.

“I feel like this week on the training pitch, the lads have rectified it themselves in terms of the standards have gone up another notch, and we’re looking forward to tomorrow’s game.”

This week marked the 88th anniversary of the Gresford Colliery Disaster, which saw 266 miners tragically lose their lives in 1934.

To commemorate the anniversary, Parkinson was joined by seven members of the first team squad for the opening of the Memorial and Maps at the Wrexham Miners Rescue Station.

There will be a minute’s silence before tomorrow’s game, and Parkinson added he wants the players to put in a performance that will pay tribute to those who lost their lives.

He said: “In our preparation for the game we showed the players a video about the Gresford Colliery Disaster and explained what happened and the significance of it.

“It showed how some of the miners had changed their shifts to make sure they could see Wrexham play Tranmere and what it means to this area.

“I want to make sure that all the lads understand what we represent every time they go on the pitch, especially tomorrow with it being the 88th anniversary this week.

“It was important for me and the lads to go to the Wrexham Miners Rescue Station on Thursday because it’s so important to the community.

“We want to make sure that we put on a display tomorrow which really pays tribute to those who tragically lost their lives.”

Several players returned to the training ground this week, with Rob Lainton stepping on the grass for the first time since March.

He joined up with fellow keepers Mark Howard, Rory Watson, and Kai Calderbank- Park, with Christian Dibble still out through injury.

Issuing a squad fitness update, he said: “Bryce is doing a lot of work at the moment on the training ground, and the same for Reece Hall-Johnson.

“Rob Lainton has been back on the grass this week. It’s great to have his personality back out there.

“Christian Dibble has got an operation next week. He hadn’t made the progress we’d have liked so the surgeons want to take a look and see what the problem is.

“Harry Lennon is making progress and Tom O’Connor we’re expecting to have on the training ground next week.

“What’s important is when the lads are ready to get back out there, they stay out there as we go into a busy few weeks.”

 


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