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REVIEW | Wrexham 1-0 Southend United

A hard fought day all round

12 March 2023

Steve Arnold’s comical error was the difference in this tight affair, as Wrexham set a club record for longest unbeaten run in the league.

As Phil Parkinson stated in his post-match interview, the real players of the match were the people who arrived at the Racecourse Ground at six o’clock in the morning to help clear the snow. 

With their efforts successful, Wrexham entertained Southend United at the Racecourse Ground, albeit under difficult conditions with the snow continuing to fall. 

The ball failed to glide across the pitch, as the unchanged squad from the win against Dagenham & Redbridge struggled to progress play quickly as they so usually do. 

With that being said, the Shrimpers failed to have shot on target for the entirety of the game. Andy Cannon was once again the impenetrable object sweeping across the midfield, whilst the backline of Eoghan O’Connell, Ben Tozer and Jordan Tunnicliffe resembled a brick wall.  

Deserved plaudits were given to Tunnicliffe, for his warrior esque performance in the match, both in attack and defence.

O’Connell would be the centre back with one of the chances of the game, as he found himself with acres of space at the back-post, with time standing still in the 43rd minute.. Tozer’s long throw was flicked on by Ollie Palmer in the box, missed by Paul Mullin and directed on goal by O’Connell. However, Arnold matched the movement of the ball from the throw, allowing him to deflect the O'Connell's shot onto the post. 

This goal opprtunity came just five minutes after the goal, where Tozer’s routine cross found the hands of Arnold on the six-yard line. With Mullin running in from behind and tapping Arnold’s arm, the goalkeeper then dropped the ball into his own net to hand Wrexham the lead.  

This fortuitous moment would be enough for Wrexham to claim the three points, as the second half was seen out perfectly by the Red Dragons.  

The success in having the game played, and winning in challenging conditions were immeasurable achievements. Wrexham remain four points clear at the top of the table and don't have the worry of an impending rescheduled game to add to the fixture list. 

Parkinson's men will have one game a week over the next three weeks, which will be welcomed after having eleven games since the start of February.  

Our next game will see the Red Dragons travel to Bromley this Saturday, where Notts County dropped points recently. 

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