WREXHAM manager Brian Flynn is grateful that changed Worthington Cup rules have given his team a free week following an opening day 3-3 draw with Oldham Athletic that saw Darren Ferguson and Kevin Russell injured.
The Dragons' influential midfielder was forced off with a dead leg following a collision just after Oldham's second goal went in at the Racecourse and his replacement, Russell, then picked up a slight groin strain.
Yesterday Flynn said both would be receiving intensive treatment in the course of the next few days in a bid to ensure their availability for the weekend trip to Wycombe Wanderers.
Reflecting on the six-goal thriller, in which Wrexham squandered a 3-1 advantage to their Lancashire opponents, the Dragons' boss said his side's late collapse had been the focal point of an inquest into the overall performance.
"The last 15 minutes of the match were disappointing from our point of view and we spoke with the players about that this morning," he added. "As a team, we were playing too deep and we allowed Oldham too much time and space. Eventually, of course, they punished us.
"And the midfield players were also too deep, so we left Craig Faulconbridge isolated up front when we should have been giving him more support. We gave the ball away too cheaply and we paid the penalty."
Defending the decision to bring Michael Blackwood into the action for striker Andy Morrell, with Hector Sam also available on the bench, Flynn said the aim was to reduce the threat from Oldham's full-backs raiding down the flanks.
"We weren't too worried about their central men getting the ball forward, it was to cut off the supply from the wing," he said.
But he stressed it would be wrong to be over-critical of a defence in which only Brian Carey has played more than a handful of senior matches. "We cannot expect things to be perfect on day one and it's a fairly inexperienced back line.
Neverthless, it's a lesson to be learned and the team as a whole must learn it quickly."
With the first round of the Worthington Cup this season being settled over the course of a single match, Wrexham's next competitive action comes in the opening game of the Avon Insurance League at the Racecourse tomorrow (7pm).
Joey Jones' side have been promoted to the top flight for the first time and take on West Bromwich Albion. Striker Lee Trundle, who must sit out another three first team games through suspension, is available to play, together with the senior professionals who were not involved last Saturday.
Wrexham Supporters' Association have taken over responsibility for the club's relaunched away travel scheme and will be running a trip to Wycombe on Saturday.
Membership of the Away Travel Club costs £1 and comes with a package of related benefits, including discounts on purchases from the club shop.
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