After helping Wrexham get back to winning ways on his first stat since November, Chris Holroyd says the key to forcing his way back into the reckoning is staying focused on the training pitch.
Manager Bryan Hughes has emphasised since taking the Wrexham that the entire squad will play a part in the Dragons’ promotion push.
That was proved on Saturday when Holroyd and Nicky Deverdics both returned to the starting line-up for the 1-0 win against Maidstone.
It saw Holroyd playing an advanced role, off the shoulder of the final defender, and last season’s top goalscorer says it was a throwback to earlier in his career.
“I want to be starting games – ask anyone and they’ll tell you the same,” he said, “but any time I’m out there people will see I’ll give 100 per cent.
“I just have to play my own game. I’m confident in my ability and when I get an opportunity I will try and perform to the best of my ability.
“Everyone knows I’ll always give 100 per cent – that’s the case across the board, with the whole team – but it’s an important stage of the season. We’re looking to capitalise on a good three points on Saturday.
“We had a couple of bad results and it was a big game for us Saturday being back at home. Conditions were tough but we got the three points and that’s what matters at this stage of the season.
“I like to think I can do a bit of both [attacking roles]. Last year, you probably saw I’d come quite short and play more as a number ten but earlier in my career playing off the shoulder of the defender [as on Saturday] was how I scored a lot of my goals.”
Holroyd admitted being out of the side had been frustrating, but says it was a testament to the performance of the team that he could not force his way back in.
Holroyd says spirits are high in the dressing room as Wrexham gear up for Saturday’s trip north to Hartlepool.
But he did confess he would rather not just scrape 1-0 wins if the Dragons are to maintain their promotion charge
“I’m not going to lie, it’s difficult, but you have to stay professional. It’s credit to the lads [in the team] that I’ve not seen as much football as I’d have liked this season,” he said.
“They’ve looked after themselves but they’ve kept pushing everyone else as well. I think that’s important – when someone else is playing instead of you then you want to see them do well and that’s testament to the team spirit we have here at the club.
“The result is not all that matters – you want to play well as well because that breeds confidence in itself – but Saturday was a big three points.”
And the striker hopes the Racecourse faithful will be a big factor in the final run-in too, having enjoyed a good rapport with supporters on his return to the team.
“Since I’ve come here, the fans have been brilliant,” he concluded. “It’s a massive lift for the players and the team when we’ve got that support.
“There’s no club that has the passion we have, and we need to use that to our advantage.”