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Faulconbridge dismisses transfer reports

TOP-SCORING Wrexham striker Craig Faulconbridge has dismissed reports linking him with a move away from The Racecourse.

TOP-SCORING Wrexham striker Craig Faulconbridge has dismissed reports linking him with a move away from The Racecourse.

With seven goals to his credit this season, Faulconbridge is one of Division Two's hottest properties and was reported to be the subject of a £180,000 bid from Wycombe Wanderers after impressing their manager Lawrie Sanchez.

But the 23-year-old forward - who fired the winning goal against Wigan on Saturday to give new manager Denis Smith his third straight win - said he has no plans to jump ship.

"There was talk in the papers about a possible move to Wycombe and something about Oldham too," said Faulconbridge.

"But I want to make it clear I haven't spoken to those clubs.

"I'm happy where I am and even though we had a bad start to the season I was happy then.

"Denis Smith has told me I'm his number one striker and believes in me 100pc so I just want to keep on scoring goals."

Wrexham are one of the Second Division's in-form teams, having picked up three wins and scored nine goals since Smith replaced Brian Flynn at the helm two weeks ago.

But former Coventry striker Faulconbridge has warned supporters not to get too carried away on the back of the recent good results.

"People say the club has turned the corner, but I think we are still in the process of doing that," he said.

"When things go well everyone expects good results. It is important we don't get carried away too early.

"I don't want to put a limit or a figure on how far we can climb up the table. The first thing to do is get ourselves out of the bottom four and then ride the rollercoaster from there."

Smith is gunning for his fourth straight win when Wrexham entertain Steve McMahon's Black-pool tonight.

"To win again would be great to help us lift clear of the bottom of the table," said Faulconbridge.

"Everyone will be giving 110pc again tonight.

"I can't put my finger on why we struggled at the start of the season -we all wanted to do well but something was missing.

"I guess it is fair to say that certain players were under-performing but I felt comfortable the situation would change.

"The new gaffer has come in and given everyone a lot of confidence. He says all the right things and makes people believe in themselves.

"The place is buzzing and at the moment we are feeling invincible - like the side we have always wanted to be."

Defender Brian Carey and on-loan Dundee midfielder Willie Miller are pushing for a recall after recovering from injuries but a lack of match practice may keep them out of the squad for tonight's game.

Smith will still be without midfielder Dave Warren as his rehabilitation from cartilage damage continues, but striker Michael Blackwood is available again after recovering from tonsillitis.

Blackpool will arrive at The Race-course missing 10 players through injury - including striker John Murphy who limped out of the side's 3-2 defeat against Peterborough at the weekend with an ankle injury.


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