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Striker Faulconbridge stresses the importance of converting chances

WREXHAM striker Craig Faulconbridge admits the Red Dragons must stop squandering chances if they are to pull away from the Second Division relegation zone.

WREXHAM striker Craig Faulcon-bridge admits the Red Dragons must stop squandering chances if they are to pull away from the Second Division relegation zone.

The 23-year-old said he and several other players were forced to hold their hands up and apologise for missing opportunities after the 1-0 home defeat to Stoke on Saturday.

Faulconbridge and his highly-rated striking partner, Lee Trundle, have netted just five goals between them in the 10 games Denis Smith has been in charge at The Racecourse.

But the former Coventry player insists it is not important who gets on the score-sheet - as long as chances are converted.

"A few of the players - myself included - held their hands up after the defeat against Stoke and said, yes, perhaps we should have done better," said Faulconbridge.

"As a striker, of course I want to be scoring more often but I was on the scoresheet last week against Cambridge and my confidence is still high.

"But it doesn't matter where the goals come from.

"Sometimes people expect the strikers to do all the scoring, but goals need to come from all areas of the pitch."

A 2-0 win at Cambridge last Tuesday suggested Wrexham had shrugged off their shock FA Cup first-round exit against Hereford - and rediscovered their touch in front of goal.

But like the game at Edgar Street, the Second Division strugglers were left to rue a clutch of missed chances against Stoke.

"Everyone was very disappointed not to get a result against Stoke. We played well and really should have got something from the game," said Faulcon-bridge, Wrexham's top goalscorer this season with eight.

"We know that we need to convert our chances and players need to get into areas where they can score.

"But our team spirit is still high, and the gaffer has told us to keep playing as we did on Saturday and we will get the rub of the green."

Smith is expected to name an unchanged side when the Red Dragons travel to Swindon Town tonight.

And Faulconbridge, who was linked with Oldham Athletic and Wycombe Wanderers earlier in the season, is warning the Robins that Wrexham will not arrive at the County Ground in search of a draw.

"Swindon are slipping down the division, so it'll be another difficult game for us and could even turn out to be a six-pointer," he said.

"But we won't be happy to settle for a draw - that's not our style."

The Wiltshire club have a poor home record, suffering heavy defeats to Cardiff, Queens Park Rangers and Stoke in recent matches.

"There's no reason why we can't get something out of the game," said Faulconbridge.

"Our aim is to put in another good performance, make up for Saturday's disappointment and come away with three points."


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