WREXHAM defender Steve Evans yesterday admitted to going over the top with his celebrations after marking his home league debut with the opening goal in Tuesday's 3-0 demolition of Grimsby Town at the Racecourse.
The 27-year-old crashed home a 16th -minute header and was immediately mobbed by his team-mates in front of the directors' box where Wales manager John Toshack and his assistant, Roy Evans, were watching.
"I was chuffed to bits and I hope it's the first of many," said Evans. "I went a bit wild and the celebrations actually made me feel a bit tired. But it meant so much to me, as a Wrexham-born lad."
Evans, one of seven Welshmen in Wrexham's starting line-up, added: "The back four are working extremely hard for each other, as is the team as a whole, and it seems to be paying off. But no-one is getting carried away. We've made a decent start against two of the fancied teams in this division and now we have to keep it up.
"We have set ourselves a standard and it's important that we maintain it if we are to do anything this season."
Racecourse boss Denis Smith was also satisfied, claiming there was very little he could find fault with as Chris Llewellyn and 18-year-old Matty Done - also notching his first league goal - underlined Wrexham's superiority against last season's play-off finalists.
"I thought it was an extremely good performance," he said. "We've got four points from two very difficult games and I thought the work rate was as good as it was on Saturday.
"We closed them down all over, made it very difficult for Grimsby to play and we took our chances. I would find it difficult to find any faults.
"I'm delighted for big Stevie Evans to get on the score sheet because he's had a difficult pre-season and not done particularly well. But he's been tremendous in our first two games and for him to score in front of his home crowd has thrilled him. I'm thrilled for him too and if he continues to do that he's going to be a problem for teams at both ends."
Smith also highlighted the effort and commitment displayed by strikers Llewellyn and Neil Roberts, adding: "Izzy (Llewellyn) is scoring goals, which is pleasing alongside his work rate. You wouldn't want to play against our front two because they don't give defenders a moment's rest.
"We've changed the style of play and decided on 4-4-2, which is a high-tempo, closing down system. Whether we can do it for 46 games remains to be seen. Everyone is doing the work and if they do it in everygame, we have got every chance of doing well.
"After coming out of administration last week we needed to get it right on the field early on and the lads have responded really well."