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INTERVIEW | Phil Parkinson ahead of Forest Green Rovers

Read more from the Boss, ahead of tomorrow's clash

12 April 2024


INTERVIEW | Phil Parkinson ahead of Forest Green Rovers

Read more from the Boss, ahead of tomorrow's clash

12 April 2024

Phil Parkinson expressed that it’s full focus on Forest Green Rovers, as the Red Dragons could seal promotion to Sky Bet League One tomorrow afternoon.

Victory for Wrexham, and MK Dons and Barrow dropping points would see the Reds secure a top three finish and back-to-back promotion.

However, they go up against a resilient FGR side that are fighting for their EFL status as they sit bottom of Sky Bet League Two.

There’s a lot at stake for both sides heading into the fixture, and Phil Parkinson explained that they are relishing the opportunity but remain focused.

He said: “It’s inevitable that everyone is looking at who is playing who this weekend, you can’t hide away from that. However, once the whistle goes at 3 o’clock there’s a real concentration level and we’ve got to do our job on the pitch.

“The supporters know what they’ve got to do to help the team and make sure we produce another performance like we did in mid-week.

“Nothing changes from our point of view because whatever is happening elsewhere, we are going all out to win the three points.

“If the results have gone our way at the end, fantastic, but the most important thing is to perform at the level, I know we can do and give ourselves the best chance of winning.”

The last time the two sides met it was a hard fought 1-1 draw at The Bolt New Lawn, with Paul Mullin scoring a crucial penalty in added time.

Since then, Steve Cotterill’s side have struggled to find momentum as they sit three points below the relegation zone.

The Red Dragons go into the fixture off the back of an emphatic 4-1 win against play-off chasing Crawley Town.

Tomorrow’s clash draws many parallels to our victory last season against Yeovil Town and Parkinson recalled the importance of that game and how they can utilise the experience of that.

He said: “If you remember that night, Yeovil set themselves up to be as difficult as possible which you would expect. We kept chipping away, moving the ball and eventually the moments came.

“We know that Forest Green have got a very experienced Manager in Steve [Cotterill] and will be believing they’ve got a chance of staying in the division until it’s mathematically impossible, which it certainly isn’t.

“It’s going to be a full-blooded game and we have to be ready for that. I feel that we are, and the lads have got an understanding of that because every team has quality in this league.”

There’s been plenty of individual highs for the squad in the past week; Paul Mullin hit his century for the Club; Max Cleworth scored his first professional league goal; and Ryan Barnett bagged his first goal for the Club.

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