KEATES | There'll Be Passion

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Fri 22 Sep 2017

Wrexham manager Dean Keates has admitted there will be a lot of passion this weekend on the eve of our derby against Tranmere.

Speaking to the club website, Keates believes that although Rovers have started poorly they will certainly be stiff opposition.

“It’s going to be a tough test, they’ve not started how I would imagine they would have wanted to but the league’s that tight that a couple of wins puts them straight back up there, so obviously we’re going to go there with a game plan and all being well it’ll come off” said Keates.

Both sides are regarded as two of the most well-supported sides in the National League and tomorrow’s match will be one of the largest attendance of the year, and Keates wants to make sure it’s the away support who go home smiling.

“It’s not an ordinary game, it’s two of the bigger teams with two big fan-bases in the division coming together, it’s a local derby so we’ll have a good following behind us and as I said all being well we can put in a performance that makes the fans happy”.

Wrexham come into the game six matches unbeaten but have drawn the last three matches, and the gaffer has highlighted that as something that needs to change.

“You look last weekend against Guiseley they had four shots from 25-yards out, one’s got a deflection and I wouldn’t say anyone’s really carved us open and got behind us to create opportunities.

“It’s now a case of turning draws into wins like the three victories we got on the bounce before those draws started”.

Although the spotlight will certainly be on the derby this weekend, the Dragons will be ensuring everything is done right beforehand, including keeping the routine and preparation the same but confesses that his players know all about the significance going into the clash.

“We go into every game by treating them the same, we’ll obviously go with what we feel is our best game-plan and give the lads the structure and make sure we’re organised, we look at what we feel Tranmere are going to offer in the game and we’ll look at counteracting against that, and all being well our game-plan comes out on top.

"It’s a new squad, they’ll obviously know about the derby with Chester first and foremost and they’ll know about the second one against Tranmere, as I said it’s two of the biggest teams in the division coming together and it’s two of the biggest fan-bases where there will be a lot of passion there and the lads need to control that on the pitch”.


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