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INTERVIEW | Phil Parkinson ahead of Morecambe

Manager speaks prior to Morecambe trip

8 March 2024


INTERVIEW | Phil Parkinson ahead of Morecambe

Manager speaks prior to Morecambe trip

8 March 2024

Phil Parkinson is aiming to make it back-to-back victories this weekend when they take on play-off chasing Morecambe tomorrow afternoon.

The Red Dragons dismantled Accrington Stanley at the STōK Cae Ras and picked up an emphatic result last weekend against the Shrimps.

Both of those fixtures featured a Paul Mullin hat-trick however both sides remain with the same ambition, with Morecambe within touching distance of the play-offs.

Wrexham visit the Mazuma Mobile Stadium in third place and Parkinson believes it will be another intriguing battle.

He said: “They play a very similar style of football to what they did before, with only a few changes of personnel.

“When we played them last time, they were two points off the play-offs with a game in hand, so they have always been up there knocking on the door.

“They’ve recruited well. They are a team that has a real go and it’s going to be a real competitive game, but one we are looking forward to.”

Parkinson’s men suffered a difficult February on the injury front, however, there have been plenty of positive updates.

Tom O’Connor has returned to training as he continues to recover from a broken foot after an impressive season to date.

George Evans is back running, and Paul Mullin has had his injection in his back, after the Wrexham boss confirmed he had been playing through an injury.

Not only does it provide a boost to the individual players, but the whole squad and Parkinson was delighted to see them back on the training pitch.

He said: “There’s been the plus points of Tom O’Connor being back in training this week which is great for us.

“He gives us options in midfield and at the back because he’s a very versatile player.

“George Evans was back on the grass yesterday and as I’m stood here watching, he’s out there now and that progress is really positive for us.

“Nobody likes to see their fellow players injured and with Tom’s there was nothing we could really do because it was a broken foot. It’s great that we had the Alter-G treadmill to keep his fitness levels up.

“Now he’s back on the grass a lot of that CV work has been done with Kev (Mulholland) and his team.

“We’re monitoring Mulls because it’s something that needed to be done but with the sheer volume of games, we didn’t have a chance to do it. We’re just going to see how he is today and tomorrow.”

After seven games in 28 days, this week gave the squad the opportunity to have a full week on the training ground.

February resulted in a lot of travelling for the squad, resulting in an added focus on rest and recovery.

With only thirteen games left of the season, Parkinson believes that the break came at the right time with full focus on securing victory tomorrow afternoon.

He said: “It’s been a good week and the lads that played the majority of those games in recent weeks have had a chance to recharge their batteries.

“We’ve had a chance to get some freshness back in us both physically and mentally and I’m pleased with the way the lads have looked.

“We have been ready for that breather and of course the lads have been lifted by that victory at the weekend, and we’re ready to go again at Morecambe.”

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