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PHIL PARKINSON | “I don’t want the lads to be too despondent”

Manager shares his post-match thoughts after Maidenhead (A)

6 March 2023

Interviews

PHIL PARKINSON | “I don’t want the lads to be too despondent”

Manager shares his post-match thoughts after Maidenhead (A)

6 March 2023

Wrexham AFC manager Phil Parkinson could not hide his frustration after Wrexham’s late draw with Maidenhead, but issued a rallying cry to his players afterwards.

Paul Mullin twice put Wrexham in front with headed goals at York Road, but Reece Smith’s stunning strike and then Shawn McCoulsky’s late goal twice pegged the Red Dragons back.

But Parkinson was keen to highlight the bigger picture, with the point keeping Wrexham top of the Vanarama National League table and extending the unbeaten league run to 23 matches.

"It is hugely frustrating because we know how Maidenhead play,” Parkinson admitted. “I felt in the main we dealt with it well, they are a team who you have to contest the first and second balls all over the pitch and the games can have a scrappy feel to them.

"Could we have played with more quality at times? Yes, but they do make it difficult for you. But at 2-1 up, all we had to do was see one moment through and the game's ours.

"They look to play in behind early, it was just a very basic moment of football that we had to deal with and if we had, we would have had three points.

"However, it is a point more than we got this time last year and it is another point on the road to where we want to get to so I don't want the lads to be too despondent because they have worked exceptionally hard against a difficult team.

"Mark's disappointed but maybe as a defence we could have done better as well.

"That's life of a goalkeeper and we win together, we draw together; we enjoy the wins, we reflect on the draws and we get ready to respond on Tuesday at Dagenham.

"We are on an outstanding run and we have got to keep approaching each game in a professional way and concentrate on the process of each performance.”

The Red Dragons now travel to Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday (March 7), for a 7.45pm kick-off – the game in hand on second-placed Notts County.

And Parkinson called on his players to put a frustrating late draw behind them.

“In the main we had that competitive edge you need against Maidenhead. We defended countless long throws, countless set-plays.

"Could we have stopped the lad driving inside initially for the first goal? But then the lad has hit a shot which has gone right into the postage stamp, one he probably won't strike again in his career.

"The second one is a frustration for us but we move on and that is all you can do in football.”

Due to an unfixable, technical issue with our SD cards, we apologise that we have been unable to upload this weekend’s post-match interviews to our video platforms.


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