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INTERVIEW | Phil Parkinson ahead of Stockport County trip

The Red Dragons aim to extend their unbeaten run

22 September 2023


INTERVIEW | Phil Parkinson ahead of Stockport County trip

The Red Dragons aim to extend their unbeaten run

22 September 2023

Phil Parkinson is looking forward to what is set to be an exciting contest at Edgeley Park, as the Red Dragons face Stockport County.

It’ll be the first time the two sides have met since 2022, when Ollie Palmer bagged a double to help defeat Dave Challinor’s men.

The Red Dragons sit just outside of the automatic promotion spots but remain level on points with third-place Swindon Town.

After another positive week on the training ground, Parkinson explained they are more than ready for tomorrow’s test.

“We’re looking forward to the game because we had some terrific battles with Stockport, and they pipped us to promotion a few years ago.

“We’ve had a good week’s training and we’re pleased with a lot of aspects of the week's work, and we’re all set for the game tomorrow.”

Last time out, the Red Dragons recorded back-to-back-to-back home wins at the STōK Cae Ras, recording a comfortable 3-0 victory against Grimsby Town.

There were goals for Ollie Palmer, Will Boyle and Elliot Lee, as well as a clean sheet for Mark Howard, rounding off a complete performance.

Paul Mullin made his first start of the season, after recovering from the injury he sustained in San Diego against Manchester United.

Despite the strong performance, Parkinson believes there is plenty more to come from his side.

He said: “It was a good, strong and solid home performance.

“We’re always looking for improvements and we aren’t getting carried away with ourselves.

“There’s competition for places which regulate the training standards.

“We want to keep raising the bar at the Club and that comes on the training pitch. If you do that, you’ll take it into the game at the weekend.”

The fixture against the Hatters could see Mullin make his 100th appearance in a Wrexham shirt, after signing in the summer of 2021.

He has proved to not just be a success on the pitch, but also in and around the community of Wrexham.

He’s scored 79 goals so far in a Wrexham shirt, and Parkinson added that he is proud of his phenomenal record.

He said: “To score 79 goals before you’re set to make your 100th appearance is an incredible return.

“When we brought Paul to the Club we always felt we had a good signing but to score 79 goals in 99 appearances as it stands at the moment is an outstanding achievement.

“We’re looking forward to seeing him get that nice round figure of one hundred.”

The two teams battled it out in three fixtures during the 2021/22 season, with two victories at Y Cae Ras for Wrexham.

County won the first game between the two in Greater Manchester under then manager Simon Rusk, as they overturned a one-goal deficit to earn the victory.

Now both sides are facing off in the EFL, it comes as the second local fixture in three weeks and the Reds’ boss emphasised it adds that extra excitement for the lads in training.

“These local games are fantastic and getting promoted out of the National League meant that we have had fewer journeys to travel down south.

“I enjoyed going to Tranmere a few weeks ago and now we’ve got Stockport that local derby feel will make it a great atmosphere.

“The preparation has been excellent and we’re looking forward to playing on a fantastic surface.

“It’ll be a good crowd and even though we haven’t got as many fans going as we would have liked; I know they will be vocal and get behind the lads.”

Both overseas and UK supporters can follow along live, with further information available here.

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