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PHIL PARKINSON | “We need to bring our A-game to the table”

Manager calls for concentration and togetherness to continue winning streak

17 September 2022

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PHIL PARKINSON | “We need to bring our A-game to the table”

Manager calls for concentration and togetherness to continue winning streak

17 September 2022

Manager Phil Parkinson insists ‘confident’ Wrexham will not be resting on their laurels as they look to maintain their winning streak this afternoon.

The Red Dragons will be looking to make it three wins from three on the road, and six consecutive wins in all competitions to maintain a strong start to the season.

Wrexham have started the season in a rich vein of form, scoring 23 goals, the most in the top five leagues in England.

But after a dominant win on Tuesday night against Dagenham & Redbridge, Parkinson urged his side not to let standards drop.

He said: “We’re confident and I feel looking at the lads today [speaking on Thursday] they’re already ready for the action at the weekend.

“I’ve always enjoyed going to Roots Hall, it’s a good atmosphere and a tight ground, and their supporters will be right behind their team.

“We need to bring our A-game to the table. We’ve stressed to the lads that away from home, it takes extra concentration and togetherness to get results.

“There’s three points at stake and we’ve got to give everything we possibly can to make sure we’re back on the coach with them on Saturday.”

In preparation for the trip to Southend, some of the first-team squad took part in the opening match in the Central League against Bolton Wanderers. 

Summer signings Sam Dalby, Jordan Tunnicliffe, and Rory Watson all featured, alongside younger members of the first-team squad and a handful of Under-18s.

The game ended in a 3-1 defeat at the Eddie Davies Academy, but Parkinson highlighted the importance of having the reserve team – which has returned this season – moving forward.

He said: “It was a progression we needed to make for several reasons. One being last season we had players in the first-team squad who weren't getting enough game time, and we couldn’t always organise matches for them.

“Another is we’ve given six young players professional contracts and they wouldn’t have had a team to play in and they wouldn’t progress as players that way.

“I’m pleased we’ve joined the league because it’s a good one; we were really competitive against Bolton, and we should have got something out of the game with the chances we created.

“There’s going to be some weeks where the team is younger, and we may get beaten. What we’re looking at as a staff is how the Under-18s players play and match up against other Under-23 sides.”

Looking at the opposition for this afternoon’s clash, The Shrimpers currently sit in 14th place in the Vanarama National League on eight points.

In midweek they were narrowly edged out by Chesterfield, who overturned a goal deficit with ten men to send Southend back to Essex empty-handed.

At home, they’ve both won and lost two, and Parkinson added: “They’ve had an okay start; I think they’ll be disappointed with the last couple of games that they haven’t got more from them.

“They’ve got quite a lot of options, especially in forward areas and we’ve been building our knowledge on their players and the way they’ve been playing.

“I just want us to continue the way we played Tuesday night going into the game.”

You can listen to live audio commentary of today’s game on WrexhamPlayer via our live match centre. Live text commentary will also be available in the match centre, as well as updates on our social media channels.


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