Sam Ricketts insists Havant & Waterlooville keeper Ben Dudzinski was man of the match in Wrexham’s narrow 1-0 defeat of the Hawks at the Racecourse.
Rekeil Pyke scored the only goal of the game, with Dudzinski’s heroics between the sticks keeping the score down and making for a nervy finale.
But, after a tenth clean sheet helped seal a second consecutive 1-0 home win, Ricketts says he was pleased with the Dragons’ performance.
“The hardest thing in football is to win games,” Ricketts said. “I’m delighted to win and the performance was good – we just couldn’t get the second goal that would have taken the sting out of the game.
“We didn’t get the second goal purely because their keeper made four or five excellent saves – if he wasn’t their man of the match, I’d be very surprised.
“We are in a really good place. We’re playing well – not outstanding, but we’re playing well, and all I keep trying to do is push to up that performance level.
“I can’t worry about scoring goals. I can’t influence their keeper making unbelievable saves. I can only try to influence our performance. The better our performance, the more chances we’ll create.
“Another clean sheet means we’ve been able to win 1-0. On paper it might look we just defended and saw out a 1-0 but I’d like to think we’re giving more than that.”
Among the saves Dudzinski made was an early effort to turn Jordan Maguire-Drew’s effort onto the bar after a cleverly-worked corner routine.
And Ricketts admitted set-piece routines have been a key part of Wrexham’s match preparation.
“Set pieces are a really big part of the game,” he said. “We’ve seen in the World Cup how many goals are from set pieces.
“It’s something we look at and something we work on. We’ve got excellent delivery – right and left foot – from numerous players.”
The win also showed the merits of squad depth, with Pyke having returned to the line-up after injury in place of injured Chris Holroyd and suspended Mike Fondop.
And Ricketts believes the best chance of success over a long league season will be with everyone in the squad contributing.
“The team spirit is excellent,” he insisted. “Whoever is playing gets supported by everyone, there’s no moaning and groaning because we’ll only achieve something as a squad.
“It won’t be individuals, it won’t be 11 players, it will be the whole squad.”