Wrexham defender Kevin Roberts believes there is ‘no added pressure’ on him when coming up against former club FC Halifax Town on Tuesday night.
The scouse right-back departed the Shay in the summer, opting to join the Dragons on a 2-year deal but insists there will be no emotion as he crosses the white line against the side he won promotion with last term.
“It’s just another game, obviously you see a few familiar faces but it makes you want to beat them even more, you don’t want them rubbing it in” said Roberts
“I’m looking forward in that aspect but there’s no added pressure or anything like that”.
Roberts spent three years with the Shay where he picked up a winners medal in the FA Trophy Final at Wembley in 2016, a brief tonic having been relegated to the National League North a few week’s prior.
But 12-months later Roberts and the rest of his side were celebrating promotion back to non-league’s top tier, but he’d eventually make a move to North Wales. He will now look to utilise his experience for his new club on Tuesday.
“They play a certain way, that’s how they play and they do it well, I wouldn’t say they were as direct as Sutton but it’ll be a similar type of game
“They’ve got a big striker who’s 6ft 7 and they get the ball to him quickly but the front three will be difficult to handle but I’m sure like we’ve done all season we’ll try and cope with that and keep another clean sheet and more importantly get the three points”.
Wrexham will be looking to put a disappointing draw against former National League leaders Sutton United on Saturday, who grabbed a last-gasp draw at the Racecourse Ground.
Marcus Kelly’s first-half effort looked to be enough to wrap up maximum points and push Wrexham into the top two in the division, but Ross Lafayette’s superb strike smashed against the underside of the bar and rest in the back of Luke Coddington’s net.
“The one on Saturday was a difficult one to take, they’re [Sutton] obviously good at what they do it’s not pleasing on the eye but it’s really difficult to play against and I think even the fans understood that.
“At times it was frustrating constantly lofting the ball into our box but they’ve seen that we were sticking to our task and trying to get the win but the lad’s scored a worldy in the 91st minute where sometimes you’ve got to hold your hands up and say you can't-do much about it”.
Wrexham now sit 6th in the National League table and are potentially just a win away from topping it in the early stages of the season, but with so many clubs just points away from doing the same, consistency could be key.
“This league’s crazy at the minute!” said Roberts, “no-one can stick at the top and everyone’s changing position each week, probably come Christmas time it might balance out a bit but at the minute everyone’s just fighting for points and trying to push on as much as they can, we’re in the same boat”
“I think at the moment we are being pretty consistent, it’s just about turning the draws into wins but we’ve been pretty solid, we haven’t really had a game where we’ve been completely off it.
“There’s been a few where you’ve thought we could have done a little bit more but every game the lads have shown good character and work rate which some other clubs obviously don’t and I think that shows by only conceding seven goals.