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Loyal fans show faith with funds for signing

WREXHAM manager Denis Smith will be in a position to strengthen his squad this week, thanks to the fund-raising efforts of loyal Racecourse supporters.

WREXHAM manager Denis Smith will be in a position to strengthen his squad this week, thanks to the fund-raising efforts of loyal Racecourse supporters.

The Wrexham Independent Supporters group (WINS) now has more than £2,000 in the bank and one of their number has offered to make a short-term loan of a further £4,000 if Smith wants to go into the transfer market before Saturday's home match against Wigan Athletic.

The up-front offer would cover the costs of a loan signing for at least a month and, with donations to WINS set to increase as monthly standing orders are processed, the hard-core supporters are putting their money and their faith in Smith's ability to turn things around.

Wrexham's bid to avoid relegation has certainly been boosted by Saturday's 3-2 win at Peterborough United, a result which extended the Dragons' unbeaten run to three matches, and Smith has no time for pessimists who reckon the team are already doomed.

The Racecourse boss says the battle for second division survival won't be over until it's mathematically impossible for the Red Dragons to stay up and, with 14 games to go, he insists there is plenty to play for.

"Things can change very quickly indeed and, while it may be improbable, we could go on and win all our remaining games," he said.

"There are 42 points at stake and, from my point of view, we are not at the bottom of the second division, we are at the top of the third.

"I cannot understand why people are already thinking that we are down because I fully expect us to be in the second division next season. There is no reason why we can't stay up.

"The reason for what pessimism is around is that it's far easier to be negative than to be positive. That doesn't apply just to football but to everything we do in life.

"Some people always want to moan, but I'm not one of them."

Delighted with his side's victory at London Road, which was secured by a 90thminute penalty from Hector Sam, he said: "To a certain extent, you've got to feel sorry for Peterborough because they are the ones we've finally beaten.

"In the other games recently, we've played better and lost but, fair play to Hector, he stuck the penalty away very well.

"Perhaps if we'd had him on penalties earlier in the season we'd have been halfway up the league."

The Dragons' boss was full of praise for his makeshift side, which battled on tirelessly to the end despite missing the likes of Steve Roberts, Brian Carey and Lee Trundle.

"I came here expecting us to play well but it was with an experimental back five, if you include the new goalkeeper, and they've come through it well," he said.

"Marius is new, Wayne's a midfield player, who did better than he did on Tuesday and I was reluctant to play him again today but I couldn't think of anyone else to put in.

"Shaun Pejic was the one whose name came out of the hat ahead of Dan Bennett and Adrian Moody but he's played a few games with Dennis Lawrence in the reserves and the big man's done his job.

"He takes responsibility, that's one thing in his favour. He might not look the most elegant of players but he does take responsibility.

"Shaun proved a point today. He got turned a few times in the first half but he sorted it out in the second half, which was super."

Smith revealed he had been tempted to take Michael Blackwood off at half-time but then watched the winger score a superb goal within 15 seconds of the restart.

"Peterborough always come forward and put you under pressure and we had a few scrapes and a bit of luck.

"But there again we could have had a couple more penalties and I could have taken Michael Blackwood off at half-time, so perhaps my luck is changing." he added.

"I didn't think he gave me anything in the first half so I had a quiet word with him and it was some goal he scored.

"I think Darren Ferguson had possibly his best game since I've been at the club so there are plenty of positives to take from the game. We are always involved in entertaining games but we've been depressed afterwards because we've let a goal in in the last five minutes.

"All of a sudden we've done the opposite, which is great.

"We should have nine points from our last three games, instead of five, and we've just got to keep going. We look as though we are going to give people problems and it's a system which seems to suit the players I've got."..SUPL:


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