PEARSON | Hartlepool Will Be A Tough Test

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sun 14 Jan 2018

Reds captain Shaun Pearson has stressed that Wrexham’s next game against Hartlepool United will be a difficult challenge.

Dean Keates’ side have a two-week break before they travel to the North East, and will approach the game in confident mood after Saturday’s 4-0 win over Torquay.

Hartlepool have struggled to adapt to life in non-league, currently sitting in 17th place, but Pearson has insisted that they will pose a threat.

“I thought they were one of the best sides we’ve played,” he said of October’s 0-0 draw at the Racecourse. “They’re one of the few teams that have come here and dominated for long spells. We managed to dig in and get a point that night.

“Obviously they’re not where you’d expect them to be after the performance we saw at our place, but we have to prepare as with any other game. It’ll be a tough game, big crowd, so hopefully we can shut them out early doors and put a bit of pressure on them.”

Victory over Torquay will have undoubtedly given the players a welcome boost of confidence, and Pearson has called on his teammates to build on their progress when they return to action.

“It was important getting a win going into the two-week break,” he added. “We can refresh our legs and hopefully the gaffer will be able to get a couple of bodies in. Then we can gear up and get ready to go for the big push.

“The last two games now we’ve got seven goals. Everyone’s said about us not scoring enough but I think the last couple of games we’ve changed that a little bit. Hopefully that can give everybody confidence and hopefully we can push on.”

Wrexham’s defensive solidity has been a big part of this season’s success to date, with Saturday’s win representing an impressive fifteenth clean sheet of the season.

“Fifteen’s always a target of mine at the start of the season - I always like to get fifteen and I think if you get that it’s good from a defensive point of view,” Pearson said. “Now we want to kick on and get more: the next target is twenty.”

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