BARROW | It would have been easy for it to be 'after the Lord Mayor's Show' but it was a really professional job

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 29 Dec 2018

Wrexham manager Graham Barrow says the narrow home win against Solihull Moors showed the Dragons’ versatility, backing up the Boxing Day win against Salford City with another three points.

On the back of the 5-1 win, Paul Rutherford’s goal was enough in a tense battle towards the top of the Vanarama National League.

And Barrow was pleased to see his players adapt against a physical Solihull side, hailing the composure of the defence after yet another clean sheet.

“I think we got everything we knew we’d get,” Barrow said. “We knew from early on in the season Solihull are a team that don’t go away – both in a game and over the season.

“It’s not particularly my cup of tea, their style of play, but they’re good at it and it took a lot of concentration and energy to get three points.

“It shows we can do a bit of everything. The team is built on strength at the back. The other day was the icing on the cake, but we’ve proved again – Shaun heading things, Jake Lawlor an unsung hero all season and there when it matters – and it gives you a platform to go and win the game.”

With Salford losing again, and Leyton Orient drawing at Dover, Wrexham are now one point behind Orient and four clear of Fylde and Salford.

Barrow admits he is expecting a big response from Salford when the two teams meet again in Greater Manchester on New Year’s Day.

But, for the time being, he was pleased to see his side put in a professional display to make it six points from two home games.

“First half we played the right way but there was a little sharpness missing, which we spoke about at half-time,” he said.

“Within a few minutes we’re a goal up. That tends to lead to a bit of nervousness but we dealt with everything. It was a really important win to back up the performance on Boxing Day.

“It would have been easy for it to have been ‘after the Lord Mayor’s Show’ but it wasn’t, it was a really professional job.

“Ruthers has been outstanding. I’m not sure how much is left in that tank of his but he keeps running. He’s been magnificent for me in particularly, but he’s been outstanding all season.”

Second-placed Wrexham now travel to fourth-placed Salford City on New Year’s Day – for more information on tickets and travel check out our guide.

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