Sam Ricketts paid tribute to Akil Wright after the midfielder scored his first Wrexham goal in the Dragons’ FA Cup fourth qualifying round replay win against Harrogate.
Wright opened the scoring with an acrobatic back-heeled volley before Luke Young sealed victory and a place in the first round to face Weston-super-Mare.
And Ricketts hailed another positive step for Wrexham, as the win ended a run of three seasons without progressing past the qualifying rounds in the competition.
“I’m really pleased for Aki, he’s a great lad who gives his all every day in training and in every game so I’m delighted for him to get on the scoresheet,” he said.
“I think he’s been learning off Rekeil if you look at the finish – a backheel, mid-body height and a brilliant finish.
“I’m really pleased, delighted with the win. It’s three years the club hasn’t got out of the fourth qualifying round so it’s another step in the right direction.
“It was a hard-fought game – it’s taken a replay to finally score against Harrogate but they are a decent side and I thought at times we were excellent tonight. At other times, a little bit sloppy, but overall it’s a brilliant win.”
Ricketts also hailed the team spirit on show, which was never more evident than with the celebrations that met Wright’s first Wrexham goal.
And he also reaffirmed his and the squad’s commitment to success in the FA Cup, with the Dragons now set for a trip to the Somerset seaside town.
“We are only as good as the squad, so for everyone to celebrate with Aki and be that pleased for him shows what togetherness there is in the squad,” he said.
“He’s alright – he’s got a headache from getting forward and scoring and he’s got a headache from seven stitches above his eyebrow. He’ll remember this game for a little while.
“I want to win every game I go into. I was asked in the build-up to this game did it influence our league form, was I worried? No, because it’s another game I want to win.
“There has been no let-up from us, we want to win every game and this is no different. It puts us on a good footing going into the next few league games.”
Attention now turns to Chesterfield in the league, with a big away following expected for Saturday’s game at the Proact Stadium.
But Ricketts promised that, once attention turns back to the FA Cup and the game against National League South strugglers Weston-super-Mare, they will not under-estimate their lower-league opposition.
“Weston-super-Mare will be a hard game to go to,” Ricketts admitted. “If it had been at home, you would say it was a more comfortable game but away from home it will be tougher.
“I’m respectful of that. I’ve been that lower side in the FA Cup. If you don’t go there and respect them, you will get turned over.”