KEATES | "We know we need to turn things around and we are in the process of doing that"

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Mon 25 Nov 2019

Dean Keates is not shying away from the task in front of Wrexham AFC, as the Dragons prepare to welcome AFC Fylde to the Racecourse on Tuesday night.

Both teams reached the play-offs last season – with Fylde losing to Salford in the final – but go into this game with the Coasters in 19th and Wrexham in 21st.

And Keates knows how big three points could be in the long-term, as Wrexham look to beat AFC Fylde for the first time.

“It’s been a long time in between league games, and it’s four points now against teams at the top of the table [Bromley and Yeovil],” Keates said.

“But look, we know what we are as a football club and where the fans want to be, so let’s not try to cover anything up – we know we need to turn things around and we are in the process of doing that.

“If we can pick up maximum points against AFC Fylde on Tuesday night, you look at it then and it’s seven points – not a bad return out of a possible nine from our last three league games.

“It’s massive for us now. They had another good result at the weekend and gained another two points on us, so we need to reel them back in.”

Keates is not the only manager to have been brought in during this season, with Jim Bentley replacing Dave Challinor in the Fylde hotseat since the teams last met in September.

And Keates paid tribute to the former Morecambe manager, saying: “Jim Bentley worked miracles at Morecambe – he worked miracles at that club over the years.

“He was a great servant for them and he’ll rightly go down as a legend there. He’s got a new challenge, a new chapter, and it will be a difficult game for us.”

Tyler Reid will miss out after suffering a muscle spasm on his debut at the weekend, but Keates revealed JJ Hooper is closer to returning to fitness.

“JJ Hooper is not too far,” he added. “It’s getting to a point now where the player needs to realise he’s never going to be 100 per cent.

“There will always be a bit of pain and discomfort, and that’s not suffering more injury, that’s just part and parcel of being a football player.

“Now he’s got to get to the point where he can feel he can contribute and get out there and start contributing to the club on the football pitch.”

Wrexham welcome AFC Fylde to the Racecourse on Tuesday November 26. The match kicks off at 7.45pm and ticket and hospitality information can be found here.

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