Graham Barrow hailed the impact of Rekeil Pyke after the Huddersfield loanee put in a man-of-the-match performance as Wrexham got back to winning ways against Maidenhead United.
Pyke made his first start since November, having recently come back from a hamstring injury, and set up Luke Young’s goal – Wrexham’s first of 2019 – in a 1-0 win.
And Barrow hopes the win will be a key turning point in the season as the Dragons look to get back on track in the promotion race.
“I don’t think it would take a genius to work out what Pyke gave us differently – and what we’d not had in recent weeks,” Barrow said.
“And that’s the deciding factor – a little bit of power and pace can make so much difference to the whole thing.
“He just seems to have come back that bit fitter. He just seemed to keep going. It’s something we all know he’s got.
“You saw how much he took us down the pitch and I think every good team has that. We’ve just got to look after him.
“We just needed somebody to really drive and believe that we could really work them. I thought we played well first half but it was still a bit Dover-like – it gets a bit messy the more it goes on.
“Hopefully some players found themselves again today and found the form they’ve been showing all season. We just need to kick on now.”
Barrow admitted the win was a relief but stressed the importance of putting the winless start to 2019 firmly in the past now.
And he hailed the character of the dressing room, in getting Wrexham back to winning ways.
“It was a relief to score and it was great for Youngy to get it,” he said. “People deal with being left out of the team in different ways but there’s only one way for me and that’s be professional and when you get your chance do it.
“He’s done remarkably well to come on for Summerfield and produce that performance and the goal.
“The squad proved that there was substance to it, and the subs did well.
“[The winless run] happened, it’s something we’ve got to put in the past. The way it’s looking, promotion is going to go down to the wire. We’re going to have to hold on tight and enjoy it. The players are handling it better than anyone.”