WREXHAM go gunning for their first away win of the season at Altrincham today with defender Darran Kempson convinced it will be performances on the road that define the success or otherwise of the Dragons’ promotion bid.
The 23-year-old centre back has targeted three points from the mid-day clash at Moss Lane, claiming that he and his team-mates have learned lessons from the trips to York City and Rushden & Diamonds that netted just a single point.
“We’ve got a 100% record at home and I’d like to think that we have given our fans value for money, but now we need to start doing the same on our travels,” he said yesterday.
“We were a bit gutted with what happened at York, but we were a lot better against Rushden. We created lots of chances, especially in the second half, and I always felt we looked the more likely winners.
“Sometimes a point away from home is a decent return, which was probably the case at Rushden, but if we want to be in contention at the top of the table we will need to win on a regular basis when we go to places like Altrincham and Salisbury, which is next weekend.”
Kempson, who has figured in all Wrexham’s four matches to date, added: “I’d like to think we can get maximum points from the next two games, but we cannot afford to be complacent.
“We were not at our best at York and we paid the price, so we know that we have to keep working hard, whoever the opposition is.
“We’ll have quite a good following at Altrincham tomorrow and, while we would like to be as entertaining as we have been at the Racecourse, I’d happily settle for an ugly 1-0 result, and I’m sure the fans would be just as pleased.”
With no fresh injuries or suspensions to contend with following Thursday’s 2-0 victory against Oxford United, Racecourse boss Brian Little will name an unchanged line-up this afternoon and stick with the same five players on the bench.
“I don’t need to change anything for tomorrow,” he said. “I thought the team did very well on Thursday evening and we can’t really ask for any more than that.
“One or two of the lads will be disappointed again because they have been working their socks off in training, but I can only pick 11 players and everyone understands the situation.”
Little sacrificed a free Saturday at the weekend to watch Altrincham lose 4-0 at Kidderminster Harriers, but said he felt the visitors were very unlucky.
“Compared to the previous four, it will be a different game for us tomorrow,” he added.
“Altrincham are a part-time club but from what I saw on Saturday, their attitude was spot-on and if we don’t match them in that department we will be in for a very difficult afternoon.”
After conceding an early goal at Aggborough, Altrincham were reduced to 10 men and had a penalty awarded against them after a defender was judged to have handled on the line.
“They were very unlucky,” added the Dragons boss. “It was a harsh sending-off and the penalty for 2-0 made it even more difficult for them, but they did not throw in the towel.
“They are capable of scoring goals – Colin Little has been banging them in at all levels for years – they are very organised and they work hard for each other.
“They’ll certainly be up for this one because we are a big scalp in their terms. But from our point of view these are the sort of matches we’ll be looking to win, so we’ll need to try and take the game to them and impose ourselves.
“We have got a little bit of momentum in place and we need to ensure that continues through the coming weeks.
“We had a massive blip at York where not enough of our players did themselves justice and that can happen sometimes.
“But we have to make sure we get our act together tomorrow.”
Altrincham boss Graham Heathcote will have to make at least one change following Chris Lane’s dismissal at the weekend, although former Racecourse favourite Mark McGregor will definitely start against his first club.