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Visit of Bury is a must-win game for Red Dragons

WREXHAM manager Brian Flynn described tonight's home clash with struggling Bury as "a must-win game".

WREXHAM manager Brian Flynn described tonight's home clash with struggling Bury as "a must-win game".

Flynn was buoyed by Saturday's 2-2 draw at Notts County, especially since he was missing five first-tam players. But he is hoping the Red Dragons can record their first win of 2001-2002 tonight.

"When a season starts we all wait for that first point, then it's the first win. If you get that win at home then you start looking for the first away win," said Flynn.

Wrexham have drawn two and lost two of their first four games, but the former Wales international added, "We're quite relaxed about things. No one here is worried because we know that first win is going to come."

He added, "This match is a must-win for us. Bury are in a similar position to ourselves. They can't bring in players because they haven't got any money and they will be fielding a few youngsters."

The men from Gigg Lane are having a desperate time at the moment. They won their opening match at Tranmere but since then they have lost their last five games, the latest a 2-0 home defeat against Wigan on Saturday.

There are suggestions the Shakers are missing the influence of former Cardiff City manager Billy Ayre who is currently being treated for cancer of the lymph glands.

Ayre joined Bury as a coach after being sacked by the Bluebirds last season when the Shakers were heading for the drop and he played a huge role in helping their inexperienced player-manager, Andy Preece, steer the Lancashire club to safety.

Wrexham should have a fine chance of breaking their winless streak tonight, especially now that Darren Ferguson, Martyn Chalk and Brian Carey - all out recently through suspension - will be available for selection.

"If you analyse our matches this season, we had a stupid 20 minutes against Wycombe when we conceded four goals," explained Flynn.

"In the other games we did well in phases. We've just got to eradicate the errors. It is a new side. Look at the team on Saturday - Kevin Russell played more league games than the rest of the players put together.

"I was pleased with the way we bounced back against County especially as the team we fielded was so young."


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