BARROW | "It was vital to get back to winning ways"

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 08 Dec 2018

Interim manager Graham Barrow hailed Wrexham’s second-half performance in the home win against Eastleigh, which ended a run of four matches without victory.

The Dragons took an early lead through James Jennings before an accomplished performance after the break - and Bobby Grant’s first Wrexham goal - sealed victory.

And Barrow – who has signed a new two-and-a-half-year deal to continue as assistant manager – was pleased to keep pace in the National League after both Salford City and Leyton Orient dropped points.

“I was more pleased with the second-half performance,” Barrow said. “Eastleigh have come here, having won their last five away games. I thought the response from the players when Robbo went off injured was good.

“It’s easy to expect the sort of performance we got in front of the TV cameras [last week] but we worked well this week and the players showed a good appetite today.

“We have spoken about getting back to winning ways and I thought we were worthy winners.

“We created other opportunities. Maybe there could have been another goal or two in it but we’re not complaining. I was pleased with the energy of the team – there were lots of positives.

“We’ve given ourselves a platform to have a good season and we really want to. The league is our bread and butter and we want to be in that leading pack.”

Grant’s goal, on his third Wrexham appearance, capped more good link-up between himself and fellow loanee Stuart Beavon.

And Barrow believes Grant’s match sharpness is returning, having found game time hard to come by at Fleetwood this season.

“Bobby has been close to a goal in his previous games, and he is probably just lacking match practice,” Barrow said.

“That sharpness that gets you goals is certainly coming back and it was there today.”

Barrow also paid tribute to the defence, including a return for Manny Smith in place of suspended Shaun Pearson.

He added: “It was vital to get back to winning ways. It was important for the players to get back to winning ways.

“The pace at the top of the league is relentless. Nobody’s got a cushion and it’s going to be quite relentless so we need to stay with it.

“Manny has stepped up before time and done really well for us. We’re fortunate to be quite strong in that area.

“Carra gives us that versatility too and I think Jake Lawlor is an unsung hero as well – his performances are seven or eight out of ten every week.”

Attention now turns to the FA Cup second round replay at Newport County on Tuesday evening. For more information see our match guide.

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