Delighted Sam Ricketts hailed Wrexham’s first-half performance against Ebbsfleet as their best of the season after the Dragons stormed to a 4-1 home win.
Chris Holroyd, Stuart Beavon, Rekeil Pyke and Shaun Pearson all scored before the break, to help Wrexham to their biggest win of the season – despite Danny Kedwell’s consolation.
And Ricketts admitted the explosive start was all part of the gameplan, and singled out the three forwards for particular praise.
“The first half was the best we’ve played,” he said. “I’ve said all along we need to improve, we’ve been playing in second and third gear this season. In the first-half, we were outstanding.
“That was the gameplan, to come out on the front foot and impose ourselves. The front three in the first-half were outstanding.
“They were a real handful, and I think they would have been a real handful for anyone the way they played. All three of them scored as well – that’s a perfect half.
“Chris has been really unfortunate to find himself out of the team. He was injured at the start of the year and just hasn’t been able to force his way back in, through no fault of his own.
“This is what you want when you give players the opportunity to come in. I’m delighted for him – it was an excellent performance and excellent goal.”
Ricketts also empathised with the players for the start of the second half, when Kedwell took advantage of slack defending to get Ebbsfleet a foothold in the game.
While disappointed to concede, the manager admitted maintaining the level of performance was always going to be tough.
“You have to trust yourself and believe in the processes,” he said of the mentality at half-time. There was a process behind why we were so good first-half and it was just trying to replicate that second-half.
“It’s never easy when you’re 4-0 up and to come out and replicate that. Ebbsfleet were always going to come at us, like they did.
“It was not so much complacency – we just couldn’t come out with the same speed and intensity.
“I was disappointed with the goal but then the longer the game went on we gained some composure again and started the moving the ball around as well as we had in the first half.
“It took us a while to regain composure, but once we did we saw the game out very comfortably.”