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Super Sam smiles better

HAPPY Hector Sam put the smile back on Wrexham faces with a last-minute penalty winner at Peterborough.

HAPPY Hector Sam put the smile back on Wrexham faces with a last-minute penalty winner at Peterborough.

The Trinidadian international put the pressure kick away with great aplomb to give manager Denis Smith his first away win in the league since November 20.

Smith said, "Hector is on fire at the moment and he stuck his penalty away very well. May be if we had him on penalties earlier in the season then we would be halfway up the league.

"We finally seem to have got down to someone who can put them in the net and I'm not going to change that."

Spot-on Sam's winner lifted Wrexham to fourth from bottom and Smith and his players now believe the only way is up.

Injuries and suspensions forced Smith to go with a makeshift back four plus emergency goalkeeper, Marius Rovde.

"With the new back four, or five including Marius in goal, it was experimental," said Smith. "But they came through it very well."

Waynne Phillips filled in at right-back for the injured Jim Whitley and Smith was also without the suspended Steve Roberts and skipper Brian Carey. Dennis Lawrence and Shaun Pejic bridging the defensive gap and they always had Sam as an exciting outlet up front.

He tormented Posh all afternoon and had the confidence and composure to make that winner-take-all penalty count.

Norwegian Rovde, from Tronheim, made a couple of crucial saves before the game erupted with two goals in two minutes. Wrexham struck first through Lawrence who just got a touch to squeeze in Craig Faulconbridge's header on 14 minutes before Tom Cowan's stooping header levelled things two minutes later.

Rovde made a stunning stop from Andy Clarke followed by a brilliant block tackle by Phillips as Posh's striker pounced on the rebound.

Posh 'keeper Mark Tyler then made a double save from Sam before David Farrell lashed a chance wide before the break.

Phillips had a shot bounce off Tyler and Faulconbridge flashed another good effort just wide.

Smith was quick to Wrexham's dressing room at half-time but even he was gobsmacked by the start they made to the second half.

Michael Blackwood battered home a beauty 15 seconds after the restart and once again Posh were on the rack.

Barry Fry, as ever, reacted positively by making a double substitution but Wrexham kept throwing men forward.

Sam went down in an incident many saw as a clear penalty and Tyler made another breathtaking save from Blackwood.

But the Red Dragons' inability to hold on to a lead surfaced yet again when sub Francis Green made it 2-2 with 20 minutes left.

That set it up for a grandstand finish. Green put a glorious chance wide and Clarke hit a post before Sam the man settled it with that penalty.


David Holmes
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