LAWLOR | "You know that you have to keep playing well or you won't be playing"

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Wed 27 Feb 2019

Jake Lawlor admits Wrexham manager Bryan Hughes is facing a selection when it comes to the Dragons’ centre-backs.

Lawlor replaced the injured Manny Smith early in the season and has retained his place ever since, while he was partnered by January signing Kieran Kennedy for the last two games with Shaun Pearson out injured.

And Lawlor is happy with the partnership he has already struck up with Kennedy, and insists the competition for places will only drive up performances.

“He’s come in and he’s done very well,” Lawlor said of Kennedy. “I’m quite good mates with him, though I’ve not known him a long time, and I think that has helped a little.

“He’s come in and done well and we seemed to do alright together.

“Shaun’s obviously a big loss but Kieran’s come in and done well and he’s made it difficult for the gaffer over the next few games, because there’s now three of us battling it out for those two positions.

“We’ve got four good centre-halves here but it’s good for the competitive element. You know that you have to keep playing well or you won’t be playing and that’s always good.”

After taking seven points from three away games last week, the Dragons have had a full week on the training pitch ahead of meeting Chesterfield on Saturday.

A big crowd is expected at the Racecourse as the league leaders return to home soil, and Lawlor admits the Wrexham faithful make a big difference to the players.

But the centre-back is cautious about the threat Chesterfield pose, having been impressed by them in the 1-1 draw in Derbyshire earlier this season.

“We had a good week last week, we’re happy with the three games and it’s been good to get back on the training pitch ahead of the game on Saturday,” he said.

 “When we played Chesterfield away I thought they were going to kick on and do well because they were a really good side, but that hasn’t happened for them.

“On their day they have some very good players. We know they’re going to be tough opposition, like everyone is in this league.

“As soon as you step out there and hear the fans, you want to do well for them, you want to win the game for them and as soon as you start to go forward and look like scoring, it picks everyone up and that picks the lads up.

“We’re in a great position. We’ve just got to look at each game and win as many as we can but concentrate first on Chesterfield on Saturday, get the three points there, and then start to focus on the next weekend.”

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