IT was the greatest game.
Five goals, two sendings-off, nine yellow cards, a pair of penalties, an astonishing fightback, a hopeless referee. And that's not forgetting Sam's solo strike (a piece of footballing magic to make you drool) and The Worst Miss From Three Yards In The History of Football (Martyn Chalk hang your head in shame).
Smith's influence on the team shows no sign of abating. But, after a game like Wigan away,it's easy to get carried away by the many and various headline-grabbing moments. I want to focus on aspects of Saturday that maybe got neglected in the euphoria of the occasion:
Bad boys: The day after the match, The Observer sports pages devoted a paragraph to Wrexham. However, the paper failed to mention the epic comeback, merely noting that in the light of Holmes sending-off, the club now had the worst disciplinary record in the Football League.
Is anybody at the Racecourse concerned about this fact?
Whitley: He plays in a fairly unglamorous position, but at the JJB he oozed class. He rarely looks hurried, possesses a lovely touch, and can get stuck in when and where appropriate. In a very unassuming way, I think he's added a real extra something to the back line.
The singing: The Reds were lying 23rd before kick-off. Even so, the travelling fans suggested that Wigan were going down and Denis Smith's side was going up. Superb.
Ferguson: In a recent interview, the midfielder admitted: I do need to watch my temper, especially with referees . So what happens in the 65th minute at the JJB? I think we all know the answer to this question. It goes without saying, but the Reds stand-in skipper should be setting a much better example.
The Smith Effect: I find it quite difficult to put my finger on what's changed since Joey handed over the reins to the new boss. Everybody has their own view but I would go with the theories put forward by two wise supporters I chat with occasionally. One said Wrexham now play for the full 90 minutes and not just in patches. The other claimed that, for whatever reason, the team is now far less dependent on Fergie than it used to be and has blossomed as a result. The Wigan game provided evidence to substantiate both schools of thought.
Lawrence: The away end quivered in the 72nd minute when the Tall Man entered the fray. Within minutes he had exceeded even the most pessimistic expectations by almost gifting Latics a third goal after a back pass. It was noticeable that at the end of the game, the giant central defender celebrated victory with his team mates, but did not salute the travelling Reds fans. I sense he's fallen out of love with them.