PEARSON | Confidence Still High In Wrexham Camp Ahead Of Newport County FA Cup Clash

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Fri 30 Nov 2018

Shaun Pearson insists Wrexham’s recent results have not reflected performances on the pitch as the Dragons look to get back to winning ways at home to Newport County in the FA Cup second round.

Wrexham go into the game on the back of a run of two away draws either side of a first home defeat of the season.

But the Dragons’ skipper insists confidence has not diminished in the Wrexham camp ahead of the televised clash on Saturday night.

“It’s been frustrating the last couple of games,” he admitted. “In general, confidence levels in terms of performance have been high.

“Results haven’t gone our way but we’re hoping the FA Cup can maybe get that run going again.

“Our home form is very good. Our performances are very good at home and our form in general has been superb so hopefully we can advantage of that.

“Hopefully there will be a big crowd in and it will be a game we’ll enjoy playing.

“Some people talk about it being a distraction from the league but I don’t really buy into that. In any competition you want to win games and hopefully that breeds confidence into the whole team.”

The last time Wrexham and Newport faced off, it was at Wembley for the 2013 National League play-off final, which the Exiles won.

Pearson faced Newport in the semi-finals that year while with Grimsby and admitted Wrexham fans are not the only ones after a taste of revenge.

But he also played down the differences between the lowest tier of the Football League and the National League.

“I think at this level a lot of players swap between the National League and League Two so we know that (hopefully) there will not be a massive gulf in quality. In general there isn’t between the two leagues.

“We’ll be trying to nullify their main threats and hopefully we can cause a couple of problems ourselves and get a victory.

“I think everybody knows the last time the two clubs played. That same year, I was at Grimsby and we lost the semi-finals to Newport so from a personal point of view it would be nice to get a victory over them.

“Newport have done well over recent years. They are a club moving forwards. And I like to think we’re on a similar path in terms of progression.

“Hopefully we can have that cup run they had last year and get the result on Saturday.”

Pearson also played down any suggestions the club is under more pressure than most in this competition because of Wrexham’s history of giantkillings.

“I wouldn’t say there’s extra pressure,” he added. “We go into the game as slight underdogs – it’s fairly even, with us being at home, but we are slight underdogs – and obviously we’ll be hoping to cause a bit of an upset.

“There’s just excitement. We’ve had a couple of, not terrible but results in the league which we weren’t hoping for, so it gives us the freedom to come away from that.”

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