Graham Barrow has issued a rallying cry ahead of Wrexham’s trip to AFC Fylde saying the time for talking and work on the training pitch is over, and called on the players to now deliver on the pitch.
After a first full week on the training pitch since before Christmas, Wrexham travel to Fylde, where Barrow was on Dave Challinor’s staff last season.
But Barrow is relishing the chance for his players to put words into action on the pitch, as the Dragons look to end a goalless start to 2019.
“I expect a tough game but we’ll have probably half the crowd there again and we’ve talked a lot and worked a lot this week,” Barrow said.
“The players have met too. Those from last year were getting concerned it was going to drag on into how it went downhill last season, and I think it’s good for people to hear they are concerned and want to address the situation – and there’s only one way to do that, and that’s on a football pitch.
“We still come out of still in a great position. There’s been talking, there’s been hard work and now it’s time for action on the pitch.”
Barrow was full of praise for the job Challinor has done with the Coasters, but wants to ensure Wrexham seize the initiative ahead of another tough fixture.
Reflecting on the goalless draw in the reverse fixture – the first home game of the season – Barrow wants Wrexham to start at a higher level, rather than have Fylde dictate matters.
“As a club, they’ve done remarkably well – the manager and the owner, and the team have been a major threat to all the big guns in this league over the last two years,” he said.
“It was a bit feisty when we played them here earlier in the season. They are a good side, and they played well here – in the first half especially – but we got to grips with them.
“It was a good game – there have been games this season that have been like League One games, and that was one of them.
“The opposition seem to bring the best out of us, where we should give the best ourselves. It shouldn’t be the opposition, it should be the occasion and the situation and that is what we’re trying to get over.”
Barrow admitted his frustration that Wrexham had been unable to kick on after Christmas, having moved to within two points of the league leaders with a game in hand after the win against Solihull on December 29.
Four defeats and no goals since mean Wrexham are now fourth, four points off top, but Barrow pointed to other teams’ form across the country as reason not to press the panic button.
And he hopes a full week on the training pitch, and a chance for new players like Jason Oswell, Kieran Kennedy and loanee Cole Stockton to bed in, will pay dividends.
“It’s been good to have a full week on the training ground to have a good look at people,” Barrow added. “It helps to make your mind up about certain things.
“It just seemed to be play, play, play over Christmas. There was no preparation time and if you look through the leagues – apart from Solskjaer at Man United – everybody seemed to have their problems.
“We accept that as being part of the reason, but I thought we should have kicked on really if I’m being honest.”
Saturday’s match against Fylde kicks off at 3pm at Mill Farm. Find out the latest about tickets and travel here.