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INTERVIEW | Phil Parkinson ahead of Grimsby Town

The Boss previews tomorrow's clash at Blundell Park

22 March 2024


INTERVIEW | Phil Parkinson ahead of Grimsby Town

The Boss previews tomorrow's clash at Blundell Park

22 March 2024

Phil Parkinson is aiming for his side to return to winning ways this weekend, when the Red Dragons travel to Blundell Park to take on Grimsby Town.

It’s a chance to build on the previous away victory against Morecambe, as Parkinson’s side proved ruthless on the road at the Mazuma Mobile Stadium.

Despite being two games without a win, they remain firmly in the promotion battle with nine crucial games left in the season.

It’s been a positive week for the squad on the training ground, and the Wrexham boss believes that they are relishing the chance to start a new run.

He said: “It’s been a good week and the lads have trained really well.

“The Reserves played on Tuesday which was a benefit to us because Jack (Marriott) got his hat-trick, Dalbs got two great goals and there were plenty of other good performances.

“I know it was against a young opposition, but we were bothered about our lads getting some match action which was good for us.”

In midweek, the Red Dragons’ Reserve side faced Salford City in their latest Central League game and Dave Jones named an experienced side which included Tom O’Connor, who featured for an hour.

George Evans has continued to step up his return to training thanks to the work with the medical staff, while Ryan Barnett had a scan due to the injury he sustained against Tranmere Rovers.

The news on both O’Connor and Evans provides a boost during an important period of the season and Parkinson added he is delighted to see their progress.

He said: “George is in a decent place in terms of the end stage of his rehab on the grass. He’s done a lot of physical work this week and today was hopefully his last day with the medical department. They’ve worked exceptionally hard with him, and he has as well.

“Tommy continues to make his road back. He played 60 minutes on Tuesday and that was good for his progression.

“James’ (Jones) progress is not as good unfortunately. We’ve still got a couple of points with him which aren’t quite right so that’s going to take a bit longer.

“We’ve had some good news with Ryan Barnett, we thought it could be a potential broken foot, but we sent him for a scan and it came back clear.

“He’s still got a lot of bruising around it, but we did fear the worst when we saw the state of it after the game.”

The Mariners sit in 20th place, six points adrift of relegation and are under new management since they visited the STōK Cae Ras earlier this season.

The Red Dragons brushed Paul Hurst’s men with an emphatic 3-0 victory with goals coming from Ollie Palmer, Will Boyle and Elliot Lee.

It’s now former Wrexham defender Dave Artell at the helm, who has taken the Mariners on a five-game unbeaten run.

Ahead of tomorrow’s game, Parkinson is looking forward to facing what is set to be a terrific atmosphere.

He said: “Dave took over quite a while ago and initially started to play out from the back and be a real possession-based team and the results didn’t go their way.

“That culminated in a heavy defeat against Doncaster so they have changed, and the stats will back that up because they’ve gone risk-free at the back and been direct.

“They are playing as any team would in a relegation scrap and they seem to have clawed a way out of that.

“It’s going to be a great atmosphere; it’s a great stadium and we know it’s going to be a terrific occasion which we will be ready for and we’re looking forward to it.”

Aside from this weekend’s fixture, results in the National League have meant our history-making, record points total remains intact.

Chesterfield could be crowned Champions tomorrow with victory against Boreham Wood, but they are not able to reach the 111 points which Parkinson’s men secured last season.

It was an incredible campaign and battle alongside Notts County, but an impressive record that capped off a remarkable season.

On the record not being beaten, Parkinson smiled, but paid tribute to the excellent season that the Spireites have had.

He said: “I’m very pleased, I paid for the game in midweek and watched it. Of course, it’s last season and we aren’t living off the back of that, but we set an incredible record and didn’t want it to get broken, especially in the first season.

“That game mathematically meant Chesterfield, although they will go up as Champions undoubtedly can’t break our 111-point record.

“Just like the supporters, the staff and I were pleased with that.”




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