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PHIL PARKINSON | "Come on and let's get this place bouncing on Saturday"

Manager relishing Welsh derby atmosphere with Temporary Kop open for Newport visit

22 December 2023

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PHIL PARKINSON | "Come on and let's get this place bouncing on Saturday"

Manager relishing Welsh derby atmosphere with Temporary Kop open for Newport visit

22 December 2023

Manager Phil Parkinson is relishing the opportunity of watching his side run out in front of a packed, four-sided STōK Cae Ras for tomorrow’s eagerly-awaited Welsh derby against Newport County.

With the Temporary Kop Stand open for the game, Wrexham are set for their highest home attendance since beating Boston in May 2007.

And Parkinson has urged the supporters to get the stadium rocking once again as the team looks ahead to a busy Christmas period.

“It’s fantastic news for us – just having the new stand there last week gave the ground a different feel and now having 1,800 people in it is only going to add to that,” he said.

“We’ve thrived on the atmosphere at the Cae Ras, and the greater the atmosphere and intensity in the ground, the more the lads have enjoyed that. Adding another 1,800 into the ground at the weekend will only help that.

“My message to the supporters is, come on and let’s get this place bouncing on Saturday. It’s so important we’re all pulling together as always. Against Colchester, the supporters identified the problems we were having at ten versus 11, and really got behind the team and, as they are always are, we want them to be right behind us again to take us into Christmas in good spirits.”

Parkinson watched Newport in action against Barnet recently, and is expecting the well-drilled visitors from South Wales to pose a big threat at the STōK Cae Ras.

He said: “Newport are a strong, resolute team. I watched them play Barnet ten days ago in their FA Cup replay and they put in a very professional performance.

“They sat off, they let Barnet have the ball but they were dangerous on the counter-attack and we’ve got to be alive to that. We’ve had teams set up like that here before and we know what we need to do.

“They are a well-coached, hard-working side, there’s no doubt about that – two good sides, going head-to-head with a lot of pride at stake, but from our point of view, it’s about embracing the Welsh derby aspect of it but just focusing on what we have to do as we do every other game, to go into the Boxing Day game with another win under our belts.”

The match follows a full week on the training pitch since the 2-1 victory against Colchester United last weekend.

But it then kick-starts a run of four matches in ten days over the traditionally busy Christmas period, with away games against Swindon Town and Walsall, followed by Barrow’s visit to North Wales on New Year’s Day.

Parkinson is grateful, however, to have seen a number of injured players return to full training recently and backed his squad’s ability to cope with the busy fixture schedule.

“Everybody’s trained well,” he added. “We’ve had a decent week. One or two are back on the training ground, as I’ve spoken about earlier. Preparations have gone well and we’re looking forward to playing Newport.

“When the fixtures came out, it’s one everyone looked to – a Welsh derby, with the history between the two Clubs, and it’s going to be a cracking atmosphere. We’re looking forward to the game.

“Injuries happen in football. They’re part and parcel of the game and sometimes they can knock you and you have to be patient.

“While the players have been out, we’ve continued to pick up results and it’s great for the likes of Fletch, Barney and Arthur to come back into a team that it’s in the top three. The more options we have to select from, is only to going to be beneficial for us.

“It is a busy schedule coming up, but one for which everybody is in the same boat and we’re prepared for it. I feel the squad is prepared for this schedule ahead of us and we’ve done a lot of work behind the scenes to ensure everybody is ready to play their part.”

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