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INTERVIEW | Phil Parkinson previews Doncaster Rovers clash

Wrexham boss looks ahead to tomorrow's game

8 September 2023


INTERVIEW | Phil Parkinson previews Doncaster Rovers clash

Wrexham boss looks ahead to tomorrow's game

8 September 2023

Phil Parkinson’s men aim to extend their unbeaten run, when they take on Doncaster Rovers tomorrow afternoon at the STōK Cae Ras.

The EFL Trophy win against Newcastle United U21s achieved back-to-back victories for the Red Dragons, with a third in sight on Saturday.

In what is set to be another competitive clash, the fixture will be live-streamed both in the UK and around the world.

As preparations stepped up ahead of the game, Parkinson explained it is all about imposing their style of play on tomorrow’s opponents.

He said: “Our job is to analyse the performances since the start of the season and keep building on those because there are always areas to improve.

“We’re pleased with how we are progressing, and there’s work to be done but we know that.

“We go into the game looking to impose our game on Doncaster and I think that’s key.

“Every week we study our opposition and look to see where they are strong and where they are weak."

Doncaster currently sits bottom of Sky Bet League Two, with two points coming from their opening six games.

However, the table doesn’t tell the full picture, with positive performances in their two Carabao Cup fixtures.

After defeating Hull City and taking Everton to the wire, Parkinson added that they know they will be in for another intriguing battle come 3pm.

He said: “They’re a team that at the start of the season, a lot of people fancied to be right up there, so we aren’t going to get drawn into the fact that they bottom.”

“The last couple of games have been good. They went toe-to-toe with Everton and they got a decent draw against Swindon despite going down to ten men.

“They’ve got some talented players, but so do we. I’m sure it’s going to be another entertaining game at the STōK Cae Ras."

A packed pre-season schedule on and off the pitch, plus a heavy fixture list has resulted in changes aplenty across the starting eleven.

The squad has been utilised to ensure every player has received minutes, whilst experiencing the very best preparation for each fixture.

The EFL Trophy allowed Parkinson to make further changes to increase game time, but also the opportunity to rest key figures.

He said: “It was an important night for us because it was a good exercise and good to get the win.

“I think the fact we had 8,000 supporters inside the stadium helped raise the intensity and there were a lot of benefits from the game.

“We were able to rest quite a few players because of games on Saturday’s and Tuesday’s quite frequently in the early part of the season.

“It gave a chance to rest someone like Ben Tozer who had played every minute so far, and the opportunity to come back refreshed for tomorrow.”

The squad has been refreshed both on and off the pitch, with three new arrivals in the Club in the past week.

George Evans was the first of two on deadline day and has since featured twice with a cameo against Tranmere Rovers and a start in the EFL Trophy.

Arthur Okonkwo, the other deadline-day addition made his debut on Tuesday and got off to the perfect start by keeping a clean sheet.

There was to be one final incoming, with the ever-experienced and clinical striker, Steven Fletcher arriving at the STōK Cae Ras.

Reflecting on the transfer business he said: “I'm pleased with the addition of Steve to the squad. He's missed football through pre-season, but he's trained today with the lads and it's good to have him on board.

 “They’ve [George and Arhtur] settled well, and I chatted with both of them this morning to discuss various things and that they were settling in okay.

“It’s so important in particular for Arthur because he is moving up from London and he’s got his accommodation sorted now which is great.

“The quicker we can get players settled, the more beneficial it is for us as a Club.

“George has got a house and family not far from the area, so it has been an easier transition for him.”

As well as brand new arrivals, there have been key players returning and recovering from injuries.

At the back, both Aaron Hayden and Jordan Tunnicliffe made appearances this week, with the former starting and scoring at Tranmere, and the latter starting in midweek.

An unfortunate knock for Jordan Davies has ruled him out for a couple of weeks, but he has since returned to training, along with striker Paul Mullin.

Speaking on their progress, he said: “I’m pleased for Jordan Tunnicliffe, he felt he was rusty at the start of the game, which any player who had been out for that sort of period would be.

“There’s been no effects from his injury so I’m pleased to have him back.

“Aaron [Hayden] speaks for himself on how he’s played since he’s returned.

“It was such a shame for Jordan getting that niggle because I felt he was a positive in pre-season for us and was looking in good shape.

“Any injury sets you back, but he’s trained a couple of days this week and he’s looked absolutely fine which is good.

“It’s good to have Mulls back out there with the lads, he gives everyone a lift and raises the quality level on the training pitch.”

Match passes are available to purchase for the game tomorrow, and you can find out further details here.


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