Graham Barrow admits he could not have asked for a better Christmas present than Wrexham’s Boxing Day bonanza at home to Salford City.
The Dragons won 5-1 in front of 8,282 fans at the Racecourse, leapfrogging Salford into second place – now three points behind Leyton Orient with a game in hand.
And Barrow says the performance and the result were exactly what the Wrexham fans deserved after turning out in such great numbers.
“We’ve had big performances but not had big results so to get the performance and the result, and such a fantastic crowd… it had everything.
“One or two players hit their best form today and that’s always great. That’s what we asked for.
“I’d like to think it is a statement. The best way to stay in the race is to win games. We’ve spoken about picking up points at away games and that performance rubber-stamps it.
“The fans have always been brilliant but I said to the lads, ‘how luck are you, to be at this level and have a crowd that big?’
“We have to give them something as well though, and the lads have given the fans what they deserve.”
Barrow said the difference between recent weeks, such as the goalless draw at Aldershot last weekend, was clinical finishing.
And he revealed coach Jussi Jaaskelainen had compared the performance to that of a Football League team.
“[Salford] are a good side and still are a good side. The third goal from Brad made everything that bit easier.
“You know, no matter what, come the start of the second-half, they were going to change things and players were popping up and gambling but we have the players to deal with that.
“It has to be the best performance of the season. Jussi has said to me, when we play like that we look like a league team.
“We’ve had those chances in previous games and not taken them. Today, we took just about every one that came our way.”
Among the goalscorers were debutant Ben Tollitt and fellow substitute Chris Holroyd, who put the seal on a great win after the Dragons led 3-0 at half-time.
And Barrow was pleased to see the substitutes contributing – reserving praise for Tollitt’s performance in the first game of his loan spell.
“It was great too see the substitutes score,” he said. “Substitutes are a big part of the modern game and when that pays off like it did, it’s all the better.
“Ben Tollitt looked well. He showed everything that we saw in him. He was full of confidence and it was good to see.
“He’s a typical wide player but he also looks as though he has a goal in him. That was one of the best debuts I’ve seen, coming on in that situation.”
Attention now turns to another big game towards the top of the Vanarama National League, with high-flying Solihull Moors visiting the Racecourse on Saturday December 29.
And Barrow says the squad is in a good place ahead of what he anticipates will be a vastly contrasting game.
“The good thing is now Luke Young back, Manny Smith’s trained and Kevin Roberts – from a few days ago, it’s great to have everyone training, which is a big lift.
“It will be a different type of game. I take my hat off to Salford and Graham Alexander and the way they are trying to play the game.
“It is similar to ourselves, but it takes all sorts and we know what’s coming Saturday. We could bring Manny back and we have other options but we’ll have to look at the energy of everyone. I would imagine they all want to play.”