JENNINGS | "These are the games you want to be playing in"

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Wed 06 Mar 2019

James Jennings is relishing the new attacking impetus brought to the club since Bryan Hughes’ arrival as the Dragons gear up for Saturday’s televised top-of-the-table clash with Leyton Orient.

Jennings’ link-up play with Ben Tollitt on the left-wing has been a key factor in the Dragons’ form under Hughes, lifting Wrexham clear of Orient in the National League table.

Leyton Orient cut that gap to two points, with a game in hand on Wrexham, by beating Barrow in mid-week, but Jennings insists the focus in the dressing room is only on the Dragons’ own performance.

“I’m enjoying my football. The gaffer gives you a lot of license and freedom to go forward and express yourselves and I think that’s blossomed in the last couple of weeks,” he said.

“The attacking players and the midfielders have a licence to go forward and create a lot more goals and a lot more chances, and it’s something I’m enjoying personally – linking well with Ben.

“I’m not going to lie, we were watching the Leyton Orient result on Tuesday night and it would have been nice if Barrow had got a late equaliser, but we have to just focus on ourselves.

“We know what we need to do, we have a gameplan and we just need to keep taking each game as it comes – and playing the way we’ve been playing.”

Jennings also stressed previous results against Orient this season would not play on the players’ minds – after two good performances in the defeats in the National League and FA Trophy.

He believes there is a feel-good factor around the club and is keen for he and his team-mates to stay focussed.

“There’s a lot of confidence, the lads have been doing well and there’s a real good feel around the place so long may it continue,” he said.

“I think we dominated both games against Leyton Orient this season and we were unlucky to use them.

“The league one, we were in full control and probably should have taken advantage when we had the chances, while the cup game we made a few changes and it was a good performance.

“We go into this, the third time we play them this season, and we do owe them one but it’s just a normal game and we can’t let anything take over that – we have to stay focussed.”

Jennings did admit there was an extra buzz around training ahead of the match, however, which will see the left-back up against Jordan Maguire-Drew – who started the season as a Wrexham loanee.

But he says there will be no additional edge to the clash with Orient’s in-form winger – who has scored in each of their last two matches.

“We’re all looking forward to the game,” Jennings said. “These are the games you want to be playing in.

“We’re in a healthy position, which we know, and Saturday’s going to be good no doubt. There’ll be a good atmosphere, it’s on TV live and no doubt we’ll be taking quite a few fans down there so it’s something we’re quite looking forward to.

“We know what Jordan Maguire-Drew is like, we know his strengths and his weaknesses, you try and nullify his strengths and try and make sure you get one over – it’s as simple as that [there’ll be no extra edge as a former team-mate].”

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