KEATES | More To Come Ahead Of Maidstone

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Fri 18 Aug 2017

Wrexham manager Dean Keates is keen to look at the positives, as the Reds travel to Maidstone United looking for back-to-back wins in the National League.

The Dragons recorded their first home victory of the season against Gateshead on Tuesday night, and the boss believes that the 1-0 victory was good preparation ahead of another overnight trip down south.

“[The season] It could have started a lot better, but we will take the positives.

“Maidstone is another overnighter. It's part of the fixture list and there's no point moaning about it, you've just got to get on with it,” Keates told the club website.

“Obviously they took a point off Aldershot midweek, who were unbeaten. But we'll be going there in a happy mood ourselves, after picking up three points on Tuesday.”

Alex Reid's dream debut goal was enough to give the Reds only their second victory of the season midweek, and despite a mixed start to their season, Keates feels its harsh to judge his sides capabilities just yet.

“We're four games into the season, if it was perfect and everything was free-flowing you'd be looking and the course of the season and thinking 'hang on a second'. Throughout all of my career I've learnt that you grow into the season, and it's still early days.

“The defeat against Macclesfield first half wasn't the way we wanted, and second half we put them under a lot of pressure. If we had got the decision for the penalty then we'd be right back in the game, but it didn't happen”, added Keates.

“We then got a decent result and performance down at Maidenhead. At Dover we started well for twenty minutes, had a couple of clear chances but didn't take them. It's one of them, there's a long way to go in the season.

Tuesday's victory not only marked Wrexham's first three points at home of new the season, but also signalled a first clean-sheet of the campaign, and Keates believes his team's strong spine is only just starting to show its fantastic potential.

“We looked a bit edgy, but I thought we dug in well,” he told us. “The two centre-half's won their headers, the two players in the middle of the park covered every blade of grass for us, and picked up the majority of the second balls. We're happy with the result.”

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