Wrexham striker Mike Fondop is confident the goals will return, with the Dragons’ top-scorer trying to remain patient through his current goal drought.
After five goals in his first six competitive games for Wrexham, the 24-year-old has not scored since but earned positive reviews from manager Sam Ricketts for his wider contributions in recent weeks.
He played the first hour of the draw with Chesterfield last time out and insists he remains relaxed and focused on contributing – whether scoring goals or not.
“Obviously my responsibility is to score goals as a striker, but sometimes strikers go through these drought period,” he admits.
“It’s what you do when you go through these periods that matters. Are you helpful to the team? Do you contribute a lot, defensively and offensively? And I think I do, otherwise the gaffer would not be picking me.
“Goals – you have to be patient for them. You can put yourself under pressure, wanting to do everything perfectly, and that’s when things will not turn out as you expect.
“But I’m relaxed – when I was scoring goals, I wasn’t thinking about them. I know, I believe in God, and I know they are going to come back. It’s just a matter of being patient and doing the right thing.
“Confidence is still high, definitely. In this game, it is all about confidence.”
Fondop has found himself fighting for a regular starting place with Chris Holroyd in recent weeks, while Rekeil Pyke and Stuart Beavon have started up front too, as well as in wider positions.
But Fondop is pleased with the competition for places at Wrexham and says team spirit is high in the Wrexham camp ahead of back-to-back home games against Hartlepool and Gateshead.
“The competition is what makes us better and there is a lot of competition in this team in almost every position,” he says. “Anyone can start, anyone can be on the bench.
“It’s all about the mental side of it – no matter if you start or you’re on the bench, you have to be ready. No matter if I’m starting or if I’m on the bench, I’m always switched on. Always.
“We are a good bunch of lads. We’re training hard and we’ve also got that togetherness so we’re supporting each other.
“Team is all about togetherness. If you’re not ready to work for each other then it will reflect on the performance. That’s what I think we’ve got, when I see the changing room.”
After conceding a late equaliser in front of a large travelling contingent at Chesterfield on Saturday, the Dragons are looking to bounce back straight away when they host Hartlepool.
Hartlepool are currently ninth in the National League Table following their home defeat to Sutton United last time out.
And Fondop insists the disappointment of conceding a late equaliser at the Proact Stadium is already in the past as Wrexham prepare for their latest test.
“It was a disappointing result for us, we were 1-0 up and expecting to win – nobody wants to drop points in the last minute – but Saturday is gone for us now,” he says.
“The most important thing is to learn from these mistakes – how can we prevent this from happening again? As players, we are looking forward now, to Hartlepool and to Gateshead, and we’re always optimistic.
“There’s no easy team in this league. You can go and expect to win but every team coming here, knowing there will be a big crowd, want to play well.
“But the gaffer always says, it’s all about us. It’s our ground. We’re going give everything to get three points, and then it’s four points from two games this week and that’s good.”
But for Chesterfield’s last-minute equaliser, Wrexham would have gone into the game at My Racecourse top of the league but instead sit third, with only four points between the first seven teams in the National League.
Fondop, however, admits he is similar to manager Sam Ricketts in that he prefers not to focus on the league table until the business end of the season.
“Given it is so tight, I think sometimes looking at the table can have an unconscious psychological effect on you,” he explains.
“If you are top, you are worrying about staying top and then you are under pressure. If you are second or third you are worrying about what you have to do to go top. If you don’t pay attention to the table then you do not have that pressure on you.
“Obviously, you know you have to win every game. You want to finish top. I honestly don’t always look at the table all the time, but I know we’ve got a chance to finish top of the league with all the talent we have in this squad.
“We just have to maintain that consistency and I believe we will. Saturday, yes, was disappointing but there are a lot of games to come.”