WREXHAM manager Dean Saunders, who is no shrinking violet, hopes he and his team will make a good impression on the national television audience that tune in for tonight’s Blue Square Premier clash with Torquay United at Plainmoor.
Ahead of his first experience of Setanta’s novel match coverage, which includes cameras in the dressing room and touchline interviews while the game is going on, the Dragons boss reckons his side are capable of winning in style no matter what the opposition.
“I’m looking forward to it,” he said after training yesterday. “We have instilled a winning mentality at the club, but I’m not about to reveal the secret of that on television.
“I will be as helpful as I can if they stick a microphone in my face because the television company puts a fair bit of money into the league, which is good for all the clubs. But I’ll be happier to see the lads play well and win the game.”
The Wrexham squad have spent the last couple of days in Cornwall following Tuesday night’s FA Trophy win at Basingstoke Town and, although Saunders was not totally happy with the performance at the Camrose, he was delighted with the attitude shown by his players.
“We might have won more comfortably than 2-1 because we again created quite a few chances, but I’m not overly concerned with that,” he added.
“Both Jefferson Louis and Marc Williams seem to be scoring in every game, which is what you want from your strikers.
“If it all comes together, as it did against Eastbourne when we scored five great goals, it’s evidence that the lads are doing more things right than wrong.
“And I’m convinced that it won’t be long before another team suffers the same sort of result against us. We have nothing to fear from anyone, including Torquay, as long as we stick to the basics.
“They are on a good run, certainly, but if we put in the effort, the work rate and the determination, we will be able to stop them doing what they are good at and then we can outplay them.
“The only time we can affect what the teams above us are doing in terms of the league is when we play them, and that applies to Burton Albion too.
“They are a long way ahead of us, but if we keep winning and also beat them, we won’t be far away.
“The picture could look very different in March and it’s in our own hands to make that happen.”
Captain Ashley Westwood and striker Williams, who were rested on Tuesday because both are on four bookings, are set to return this evening, but defender Neil Taylor is struggling after picking up a hamstring strain at Basingstoke.
He was replaced at half-time by Simon Spender, who is set to continue at Plainmoor but will be making his first start under Saunders, the manager having been appointed in the week after the full-back dislocated his elbow – ironically against Torquay in a match that ended 1-1 at the Racecourse.
Saunders confirmed that midfield player Simon Brown has been loaned out to York City – where former Racecourse assistant boss Martin Foyle is now in charge – until the end of the season.
Brown joins familiar faces at Kit Kat Crescent in ex-Dragon Christian Smith, who has signed for the Minstermen until the end of the season, and Wales under-21 defender Kyle Critchell, who is midway through a month-long loan spell.
Torquay, who are currently fifth in the table and four points ahead of Wrexham having played two games more, will have leading scorer Tim Sills available again this evening after a one-match suspension.
Sills, formerly with Aldershot, Oxford United and Hereford United, this week signed a 12-month extension to his contract, much to the delight of manager Paul Buckle.
The Gulls, who beat Rushden & Diamonds last weekend to reach the third round of the FA Trophy, give a late fitness test to Roscoe Dsane, who dislocated his shoulder in that match.