BARROW | "We think the squad is good enough and the players had to go out and prove it"

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 15 Dec 2018

Graham Barrow’s faith in his squad players was justified as Wrexham ran out 3-0 winners at home to Boston United in the first round of the Buildbase FA Trophy.

Wrexham made five changes from the FA Cup second-round replay defeat at Newport but raced into a two-goal lead before Paul Rutherford added a third later in the first half.

And Barrow was pleased with a professional performance in testing conditions to help banish the FA Cup defeat from the memory.

“I wouldn’t say it was comfortable but it was nice to score early and nice to be 3-0 up at half-time,” Barrow said.

“All I said to the players was we’ve been boasting a bit about how strong the squad is and it was a good response from the players. I’m really pleased with the lads that came in.

“Rapidly, after next week, there are three or four tough games in a short space of time. We are going to be stretched but it was more important that the lads got 90 minutes.

"That’s not being disrespectful to the competition, we think the squad is good enough and they had to go out and prove it.

“No matter how we look at it, it was cruel we were down to ten men for so long against Newport, but it was a 4-0 scoreline.

“It was not really justified but you have to bounce back and it does push it further back in the memory so we can kick on.”

The game also saw Matt Sargent handed his senior debut, while fellow youth ace Jack Thorne was denied his own first appearance when the ball did not go out of play late on.

Barrow admitted he was tempted to bring the two youth players on early but was keen to protect his young charges in difficult playing conditions.

He also reiterated his belief in taking the competition seriously, with a potential place at Wembley up for grabs.

“The temptation was to put the young players on early but it would have only taken one goal [to change the game] and I wouldn’t want to put that pressure on them just yet,” he said.

“Matt Sargent did well when he came on and used the ball intelligently so that was really good.

“There were just so many players that needed 90 minutes under their belts. Mike, Chris and Devs really needed 90 minutes

“If somebody scores it can quickly turn around [in those conditions] but it wasn’t a lack of belief in what the players can do, it was just circumstance.

“I think you have to take the competition seriously. Anything that has Wembley at the end of it, for me, is always worth working hard for.

“When you can rapidly get there, if we can get the right draw – and possibly a home draw in the next round – then let’s take it.”

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