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It's back to school for Wrexham's defence

WREXHAM crashed to a humiliating defeat against Wycombe and have now conceded eight goals in two games.

DIVISION TWO: Wycombe Wanderers 5 Wrexham 2

WREXHAM crashed to a humiliating defeat and have now conceded eight goals in two games.

That says volumes about their defending, and manager Brian Flynn has the difficult job of restoring confidence while knowing that he is unable to strengthen his small squad.

Flynn stated the obvious after this defeat, saying, "It was a heavy defeat and we were poor defensively, but there have been plenty of lessons learned."

Learning is often a painful process in football and the examination Wrexham got from last season's losing FA Cup semi-finalists was thorough to say the least.

Wycombe believed they were worth a point at Ninian Park on the opening day of the season and, as the scoreline suggests, they won this match with alarming ease.

Wrexham came back with two second-half goals, but they merely papered over the cracks in their defence.

It was a harrowing afternoon for everyone from rookie goal-keeper Kristian Rogers to seasoned pros like Brian Carey and Darren Ferguson. Rogers, preferred to Wales Under-21 goal-keeper David Walsh, did his best, but Wycombe kept coming in waves of attacks and after an hour Wrexham were 5-0 down.

Goals came in explosive bursts - two in two minutes followed by another spell that produced two more in six minutes.

Rogers was helpless as Wrexham caved in just as they had done against Oldham a week earlier when they threw away a 3-1 lead and had to settle for a very nervous draw.

Even Carey and Ferguson, so often the rock and launch-pad of the side, could do little about it. Wrexham creaked under pressure and then collapsed as Dannie Bulman and Michael Simpson fired goals in the 15th and 17th minutes, and by half-time it was 4-0 with Wrexham in tatters after Paul Emblem and Paul McCarthy added two more.

Ferguson forced a magnificent one-handed save from Martin Taylor early on and Rogers kept the score down before it all went hopelessly wrong.

Nothing, it seemed, would go right for Wrexham as Andy Morrell missed a glorious chance with a header and Craig Faulconbridge flashed a close-range snap-shot against the underside of the bar.

Faulconbridge made it 1-5 and substitute Martyn Chalk, who replaced Wayne Phillips, drove home a second in injury time.

But, as Flynn said, lessons were learned and the sooner Wrexham's revision takes in how to defend the better.


David Holmes
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