Sam Ricketts promised Wrexham will not be getting carried away after beating Ebbsfleet at home, as they gear up for a difficult away trip to Sutton United.
The Dragons blew Ebbsfleet away in a stunning first half, which Ricketts branded the ‘best performance of the season’, on their way to a 4-1 win at the Racecourse.
But attention now turns to last season’s play-off semi-finalists Sutton, who currently sit seventh – five points behind second-placed Wrexham but with a game in hand – and a match on their artificial pitch.
And Ricketts is not under-estimating the size of the task ahead, with the win against Ebbsfleet now in the rear-view mirror.
“The players will be grounded,” he insisted. “They know we’re still in September, there’s an awful long way to go.
“It was a really good performance, some really nice bits of play and some really nice goals but you still only get three points for it unfortunately.
“It’s just about building and trying to improve again. Going away from home, playing on a 3G pitch – it’s a tough test.”
On the topic of Sutton’s artificial pitch – with Wrexham also set to face Harrogate on the Sulphurites’ own 3G pitch the following Tuesday – Ricketts says training will not be focused too much on the playing surface.
He also admitted, however, that he believes 3G pitches still hand the home team a big advantage – and would not permit them if he were in charge.
“The players have played on it enough over the years. We’ll train on it before we go down and play them, but it’s still a ball, it’s still the same formation, it’s still 11v11,” he said.
“There’s an awful lot of processes that go into all of our games [away from the playing surface] so we’ll get focussed and go again.
“I still don’t think 3G should be allowed if I’m honest with you. I fully understand it but I’m probably old-fashioned and I like football being played on grass.
“It does give a huge advantage to the home team because no 3G pitch is quite the same. Even if we train on 3G all week this week, it will be different to when we play on Sutton’s. That’s my take on it, but it doesn’t mean anything.”
Ricketts, who expects to have Mark Carrington back available for the trip to Sutton, also insists the focus is squarely on Sutton, despite the top-of-the-table clash in Harrogate three days later.
Depending on the results at the weekend, the match at Wetherby Road could be between the top two teams in the National League – as they are going into Saturday’s matches.
But Ricketts says he is not thinking about that match – and will not until after the game against Sutton.
“We’re all about Sutton until we go there,” he concluded. “If we go there and put a performance in that gives us the best chance of a result, then on the way home we can start thinking about Harrogate.”