BARROW | "Getting on the training pitch with the new players is going to be vital"

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Mon 14 Jan 2019

Graham Barrow hopes a week on the training pitch will help Wrexham rediscover their goalscoring touch ahead of Saturday’s trip to AFC Fylde.

The Dragons are still searching for the first goals and points of 2019, having lost to Bromley in the league and Leyton Orient in the FA Trophy last week.

But with Jason Oswell, Cole Stockton and Kieran Kennedy joining the club last week, and Bobby Grant and Brad Walker also confirming deals until the end of the season, Barrow believes Wrexham have the squad to get back to winning ways.

“I’d be an idiot not to be worried or concerned [about recent results] but I think the concern is we need to score goals and we’ve got a week now to work on it,” Barrow said.

“I just want the place to be a bit more positive really. It’s the first time we’ve had a full week’s training since I became manager.

“We look at the opposition, of course, but we’re at the stage now where we have a really good squad of players and it’s up to us to get the best of them.

“Getting on the training pitch now with the new players is going to be vital, and this week is going to be very important.”

As well as wanting to restore some positivity, Barrow was keen to put the recent results into context – insisting no team will complete a full season without one bad spell.

And the Wrexham boss believes it has been small margins that have made the difference since the turn of the year, laying out how Wrexham intend to recapture their attacking impetus.

“I don’t know what people were expecting – you don’t go through a season without a spell,” he said.

“There’s not a team in the country that doesn’t do that. Manchester City have done it, Liverpool have done it… They’re not excuses, and there could be a million and one reasons for this recent spell, [but] not long ago we turned over everyone’s title favourites 5-1.

“It’s fine margins. I was disappointed with a lot of the first-half against Bromley but, in other games, we’ve dominated without scoring.

“It’s goals that change games and that has to be the key to it all. It gives us a chance this week.

“We have to work on our set pieces and get them back to where they were two months ago, and we have to get back to playing forward and running forward and all the things that go into scoring goals.”

Barrow also admitted Wrexham will continue to work on the new formation that was first trialled at the weekend against Leyton Orient.

With captain Shaun Pearson set to return from a minor toe injury and Kennedy looking to start – after his paperwork did not clear in time for the Orient match – there are further options for the three-at-the-back system.

“I think the system is something to consider,” he said. “We’ll carry on with it on the training ground – I just think you have to be able to change within a game.

“Sometimes it can’t wait until half-time – we need to be able to almost click our fingers on the touchline and the players slot into a new system.

“It’s hard in football, it’s hard to get your messages across – it’s not like American football or basketball with time outs. We’ve had no other route to go down this season without just gambling [until now].”

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