KEATES | "We’re in a position that we don’t want to be in, so we need to be picking up maximum points"

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 23 Nov 2019

Dean Keates admitted he was frustrated to drop points in a high-scoring draw with Yeovil Town at the Racecourse.

Wrexham twice cancelled out Rhys Murphy’s goals and then took the lead through Bobby Grant, but Murphy sealed his hat-trick to earn a draw.

And Keates says the pressure is now on Wrexham to take maximum points from Tuesday’s home match with AFC Fylde.

“It was a strange one to dissect – six goals but I don’t think either keeper’s made a save, they just picked the ball out of their net,” he said.

“We’re in a position that we don’t want to be in, so we need to be picking up maximum points.

“It’s disappointing, we showed good character to get back into it and there were some decent phases of play. We made the pitch as big as we could, and we got out a few times.

“It’s disappointing but we want to pick up maximum points so we’ve got a big game on Tuesday night now.

“We’ll watch it back, we’ll clip it, and we’ll learn from it. There are loads of positives – I don’t want to be just going on about the defensive side of it.

“There was loads of good play in it, and if we get three points on Tuesday it could be a good four points from two games.”

Paul Rutherford goal – Wrexham’s second – was the pick of the goal, a long-range screamer into the top corner on his left foot.

But Keates said Akil Wright’s goal, the Dragons’ first, was more pleasing to him as a manager, given it reflected hard work on the training pitch.

“The pleasing goal for me was Akil’s one – we got bodies in the box and made the correct runs and got the ball from one side of the pitch to the other,” he explained.

“It’s things we’re working on and the players are taking it on board.

“Ruthers’ goal was a piece of individual brilliance – we can’t coach that on the training ground. We speak about it, in terms of the ball coming forward from set plays.

“It was a good second ball from Summers, a simple pass and Ruthers has come inside on his left-foot and it’s ended up in the top corner.”

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