Sam Ricketts believes Wrexham’s performance in the goalless draw with fellow high-flyers FC Halifax Town shows progress as the Dragons exerted more control of the game.
Mike Fondop hit the bar early on, but Halifax defended doggedly and threatened at the other end from set pieces in an even contest.
But Ricketts found plenty of positives in a performance which takes Wrexham to 18 points from nine matches so far this season.
“I thought it was a really good game,” he said. “It was two decent sides and you can see why they’ve had a really good start to the season – they are really well organised.
“They came here with a gameplan to nullify us and we just couldn’t quite manage to break it down. I was pleased with our performance, but obviously not as pleased as if we’d won.
“We are progressing. We controlled the game much better, we moved the ball much better and kept possession better.
“Yes, there are times we can be more progressive with that – at the minute sometimes we pass the ball backwards when we can go forwards – but this is a step in the right direction.
“It will come. The more control we get in the game, it allows us to work on other aspects.”
Ricketts also hailed the performance of debutant Jake Lawlor, who played the full 90 minutes alongside Shaun Pearson a centre-back.
And the boss was happy to take another clean sheet in a performance which, he admitted, just lacked a cutting edge at the other end.
“I thought Jake was excellent,” Ricketts said. “The back four were all excellent. It’s Jake’s first game of the season, he’s not had any game time even in pre-season with Salford and I thought he had a really solid first game here.
“There are loads of positives. The only thing is we didn’t get that winning goal. It was another good game and another good point.
“The performance was really good – we’ve played worse and won this season – so we need to be pragmatic. The performance was good but we just didn’t have that edge in the final third.”
The Dragons now travel to Braintree for the next National League game on Saturday (September 8), with the game to be played at Cressing Road.