AKIL WRIGHT | "We’re still confident we can go out and win games"

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Fri 07 Dec 2018

Akil Wright insists minds remain focussed in the Wrexham AFC dressing room as the Dragons look to end a four-match winless run when they face Eastleigh on Saturday.

Wrexham have drawn three of the last four matches, including last weekend’s goalless FA Cup second round draw with Newport County, and lost to leaders Leyton Orient in the last home league game.

But Wright, who was named Vanarama National League Player of the Month in August and was back in the midfield against Newport, is confident the wins will return if recent performance levels are maintained.

“It’s a massive game, we need to bounce back in the league,” he said. “We’ve got momentum coming off the FA Cup result but it’s a massive game and hopefully three points.

“That’s the frustrating thing, that we’re playing well. Our mind is on winning the game and we haven’t done that but we’ve played well.

“We just obviously need to score goals as well, which we’ve not done in the last two home games. But I’m sure it will come.

“We’re not beating ourselves up about it, we’re still confident that we can go out and win games and obviously Saturday we’re hoping to do that.”

After a tricky week off the pitch, which started with former manager Sam Ricketts’ departure, better news arrived on Thursday following the announcement of new two-and-a-half year deals for assistant manager Graham Barrow and captain Shaun Pearson.

And midfielder Wright wants Wrexham to replay the Racecourse faithful for their vocal support – insisting the mood in the dressing room remains in a good place.

“The lads are still positive. Graham’s still here, and Jussi, so it’s still positive and everyone’s mentally strong as well – we’ll all get through it together,” Wright said.

“It was sad to see the gaffer go but we move on and the main thing is to keep performing for ourselves and for the fans that are still here.

“The fans have been massive. We want to do well for them as well. They’re always there in their numbers, week in, week out, and it was a great atmosphere on Saturday night. We hope they’ll be there again against Eastleigh.”

Wright is fighting to feature in central midfield against Eastleigh, who Wrexham beat 3-1 away from home back in August.

But he will not be joined by Brad Walker, who is suspended, as is captain Shaun Pearson after both picked up their fifth yellow cards of the season.

“Obviously I want to play, everyone knows that. It’s just unfortunate that I’ve got good players in my position so I’ve got to try and up my game and work hard in training,” Wright added.

“Brad’s done well, he’ll be a big miss, but I’m here to play my part and hopefully that includes a win on Saturday.

“Eastleigh have picked up since we last played them. It’s going to be a tough game – every game is a tough game in this league, so we’ve just got to be at it. And if we are at it, we can get the three points – especially being at home as well.”

The match against Eastleigh kick-starts a busy period of games for Wrexham, including festive fixtures home and away against second-placed Salford City and fifth-placed Solihull’s trip to North Wales.

And Wright wants the Dragons to build a platform for those games with a big result against Eastleigh at the Racecourse.

“We know where we’re at in the league table now,” he said. “There are some massive games coming up this month and we want to be at the top.

“To be the best, we’ve got to beat the best. Starting Saturday, we need to get the three points and kick on from there.”

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