Sam Ricketts says Wrexham’s narrow home win against Barnet was built on ‘effort, guts and determination’ as the Dragons got back to winning ways.
Stuart Beavon scored the only goal of the game to earn a first win in three matches, after defeat to Sutton and a draw to Harrogate.
And Ricketts admitted the long trips took their toll on the players – making the three points all the more welcome.
“You saw our players’ grit and determination in the second-half,” he said. “It’s been a long week, with two games away from home – it’s an awful lot of travelling, and two games on artificial turf as well, which does sap energy from the players when you are not used to playing on a surface like that.
“It came down to a game of effort, guts and determination and we do have that in abundance. That’s what saw us over the line eventually.
“I thought we were really, really good first-half. Going in 1-0, it possibly could or should have been two or three. In the second half, in all fairness to Barnet, they made us work extremely hard to get over the line and get all three points.
“We’ve improved on our game management over the season. We were OK at it; yes we could have been better but I do honestly believe that we ended up running on empty just from the long, hard week we had.
“Fortunately we were already in front and we just had to hang on – and hang on we did.”
Ricketts also paid tribute to goalscorer Beavon, who coolly slotted in his third goal of the season with a low finish across the face of goal.
And, in addition to Beavon’s goal, Ricketts also hailed the defence after their ninth clean sheet of the season – albeit after his back four were busier than he would have liked.
“Stuart is a player who has played in all the leagues,” he said of the goalscorer. “He knows how to score goals and get in the right position and he took his goal calmly.”
On the defence, Ricketts added: “Defenders get paid to defend and we defended the width of the goal really well. That’s what we have to do.
“I don’t want them to have to do as much defending as they were but the second-half panned out that they had to put their bodies on the line.
“Rob, for everything, didn’t really have a save to make and that’s due to the players in front of him.”
The win keeps Wrexham fourth in the National League, with 28 points from 14 games - two behind league leaders Salford City ahead of next week's match at home to Havant & Waterlooville.