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Smith confident Dragons will roar back with goals

DENIS SMITH is confident that Wrexham will cure their goal-scoring shortage against Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium tonight.

DENIS SMITH is confident that Wrexham will cure their goal-scoring shortage against Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium tonight.

Wrexham have lost six successive games to drop to the bottom of the Second Division - and have only scored twice in that sequence.

And the Red Dragons' problems in front of goal were highlighted on Sunday by a succession of glaring misses in the televised FA Cup defeat to Nationwide Conference club Hereford.

"We're not scoring enough goals - it's as simple as that," said Smith whose side have drawn a blank in their last three games since Carlos Edwards's early goal against Cardiff City on November 4.

"For a team that I thought we'd be scoring goals we're not doing so. But I'm confident that we will score goals.

"What's happened is down to a lack of confidence because if you are scoring goals then you think you're going to score next time.

"But even someone like Andy Morrell who hasn't been playing too much had a few chances at Hereford and couldn't stick them away.

"We've lost a game that most people expected us to win but I'm not being defeatist about it.

"We've gone out of the cup but the season goes through to next May. It doesn't matter what people think about us or how they want to play it, I know that we've got games coming up.

"The lads are down but I've got to make sure that I lift them up. We've got to get on with life and pick up some points.

"We've only got one thing to contend with after going out of the FA Cup but we've got to make sure that we do it."

Wrexham will take heart from their fightback at the Abbey Stadium last March when Lee Trundle, Darren Ferguson and Morrell wiped out a 2-0 deficit in the final 20 minutes.

Trundle is available after missing the Hereford tie through suspension and will relegate Hector Sam to the substitutes' bench.

The non-contract Kevin Sharp, absent at Edgar Street because he did not want to make himself cup-tied should another club come in for him, returns but winger Michael Blackwood misses out through injury.

Blackwood damaged a foot during the first half on Sunday and Smith conceded that the former Aston Villa youngster should have come off earlier than he did.

Cambridge, only two places and two points better off than Wrexham, have lost only once at home this season - against Stoke City in August.

But Cambridge have not won in six matches and manager John Beck has come under mounting pressure in the past few weeks.

"Cambridge are a big strong side and they are down there with us, so it's an important game.

"These are the sort of games that we have to win."

Cambridge should be at full-strength although there is a doubt over striker Tom Youngs who has a sore instep.

Armand One - who has scored six goals in 10 games since his £30,000 move from French club Nantes - stands by to replace Youngs, although Beck could prefer him to Dave Kitson who caused Cardiff huge problems in September.


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