MANAGER PREVIEW | Graham Barrow Looking To Use The Trophy Game To Bounce Back

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Fri 11 Jan 2019

Manager Graham Barrow is looking forward to Wrexham AFC's Buildbase FA Trophy Second Round encounter with Leyton Orient on Saturday afternoon at the Racecourse. 

The Wrexham boss could be set to change the system after three defeats in a row and hinted he may give players on the fringe of the recent starting line-up a chance to shine in the league's cup competition. 

"We need to look at ways to approach certain games in different ways as they go on because our 'Plan A' approach, if you like, isn't always going to win us games." said the Racecourse boss.

"It's got us where we are, but before I took over as manager, I don't think we had an effective 'Plan B' for certain senarios that is sufficiently different enough to change a game. Now that I am in charge, we have some new players over the line and we have a break from Saturday-Tuesday I can implement some changes.

"We've played a 4-1-4-1 most of the time or a 4-3-3, with one main striker, but I think we now have the right personnel in the building to try something different if needs be."

Talking about the defeats he said: "It's (the system) not helped us break teams down who have sat off us. That's happened for three games in a row now and we're finally able to spend time on the training ground to fix this problem if you like. Even though having said all that, we are in a great position in the league and trophy, a few wins in a row and things will look even better no doubt.

"It's just been mistakes that have cost us really. We've not had to say that often this season so it's just about bouncing back in the right way now all of the information is on board with the players and staff."

The FA Trophy, which Wrexham won in 2013 might be seen as a distraction for some but Graham Barrow is looking to use it to his advantage. 

He added: "It's a relief to have a trophy game this weekend before an important game at Fylde to be honest. It's a chance for whoever pulls that red shirt over their heads on Saturday afternoon to go out and win, to bounce back. 

"They can create a feel good factor."

Hinting there could be a few changes for the line-up, Barrow said: "It will be great for one or two players to get out on that pitch.

"Shaun Pearson is likely to miss the match as he has had an injection in his toe, it's nothing serious, but with due respect to the competition it might be worth him sitting it out. 

"After loosing three games recently shirts are certainly up for grabs. We have some excellent players here that haven't had much game time recently, if selected it's their opportunity to show me and the staff why they should be in the team."

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