INJURIES and suspensions have forced Wrexham manager Brian Carey into his second reshuffle of the week at Stockport this afternoon, but the Irishman remains constant in his belief that his way is the right way forward for the Dragons.
The Racecourse boss made several changes for Tuesday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash with Macclesfield Town and was rewarded by the liveliest home performance of the season so far.
But Wrexham paid a high price, losing Ryan Valentine, Mike Williams and Eifion Williams to injury while Chris Llewellyn and second-half substitute Michael Proctor were both sent off, picking up two and three-match bans respectively.
And the end result – another 1-0 defeat – extended their losing and goal-less streak to four matches.
Carey, though, remains convinced there is no magic formula for success and yesterday insisted he would not be panicked into a major overhaul of the day-to-day business of building a successful side.
“On Tuesday we lost both our full-backs and had to go into the second half with three centre-backs and I thought it worked okay,” he said.
“We haven’t really worked on that too much and it’s something we’ll probably look at again, but we’ll have four at the back tomorrow and everyone here knows how we are going to set up and how we are going to play.
“We’ve got to make changes in personnel because of injury and suspension but the game plan is the same.
“The way we played on Tuesday is the way we want the lads to play tomorrow – with an excellent work ethic, an enthusiasm for the task in hand and the mental strength to ignore what’s happened in previous games.
“Their job is to play football and they have to forget the sideshow.
“We gave a few of the lads their chance on Tuesday and they took it with both hands.
“They did very well, they played with passion, verve and enthusiasm and that’s what the fans want and expect to see in every game.
“With the changes we’ve had to make again for tomorrow, we expect others to do the same.
“Our current position in the league needs to be addressed and it needs to be done sooner rather than later.
“And everyone knows that boils down to scoring a few goals and winning our games.”
The Dragons boss looks no further down the road than to Edgeley Park to illustrate his point and added: “The season before last Stockport stayed in the league on goal difference and began the following year taking five points from the first eight games.
“But they stuck at it and eventually just missed out on the play-offs by finishing eighth.
“No one knows better than me that we have made a poor start and no one is more frustrated, but we will improve and we will climb up the league table.”
Defenders Simon Spender and Neil Taylor will replace Valentine and Mike Williams this afternoon, with club captain Neil Roberts and Marc Williams set to come in for Llewellyn and Eifion Williams.
Carey also has midfield pair Danny Williams and Mark Jones available again after they missed the midweek game with back problems and Spaniard Juan Ugarte is likely to be on the bench for the first time in nearly 12 months.
Roberts, who was rested for the Macclesfield game, called on his team-mates to build on the positive aspects of Tuesday’s performance.
“This is a massive game for us tomorrow and the manager’s hand has been forced to some extent by the injuries and suspensions so it’s a good opportunity for other people to come in and make their case to be playing every week," he said.
“Although Tuesday’s performance was a bit better than the previous games at home the reality is that we lost again.
“That’s frustrating for our fans and if we want to get them behind us we have to start winning games.
“We have a good enough squad to do well but the fact is that we haven’t yet played to our potential and that must change.”