FORWARD Mike Carvill insists Wrexham fans shouldn’t read too much into Wednesday night’s disappointing defeat to Newport County.
With Brian Carey yet to taste victory at the helm, many supporters viewed the FAW Premier Cup at Spytty Park as the perfect opportunity for the new regime to get off the mark.
But the beleaguered boss rested several key men, as his side crashed to a 2-1 defeat, Jason Bowen and Craig Hughes snatching victory for the hosts after Carvill had opened the scoring on 52 minutes.
It leaves Carey without a single triumph in 10 games since replacing Denis Smith in the hotseat, with some observers describing the reverse as the lowest point of the difficult campaign.
Carvill, however, has leapt to the defence of his manager, insisting the relegation-threatened Racecourse outfit’s priorities lie elsewhere.
“Wednesday night’s result was disappointing but people shouldn’t look to much into that,” he said. “It was the Welsh Cup and our priorities lie elsewhere – in League Two where we want to be playing next year.
“It was more about getting players like myself some more football under our belts so when it comes to the big matches we are ready. We are taking the positives out of the game rather than the negatives, because we weren’t great.”
The Belfast-born schemer’s first goal in the Red of Wrexham was certainly one positive that Carey can take from an otherwise unforgettable meeting with the South Walian outfit.
And the 18-year-old hopes it will be the first of many for his new side, adding: “It is good to be off the mark, and to get off the mark early. It takes a little bit of pressure off so I just hope I can go on now and get some more.
“I’ve settled in well and I’m enjoying it. It is just good to be back playing football.
“I’m definitely getting back to my best. I don’t think I ever lost my form, I just needed to play.
I’m now getting more games, so it is all good and I’m getting to know the games of my team-mates better.”
While the youngster has developed a good understanding with his team-mates, he believes the Dragons’ approach in recent weeks has sometimes lacked the variety of their more direct opponents.
The former Charlton front-runner feels Wrexham need to adopt a more pragmatic style if they are to survive.
“I think we have been looking at changing our plans and looking at other teams that are coming away with results,” said Carvill. “We try and play football but a lot of sides have been coming at us with long balls and maybe we need to hit them with a bit of their own medicine and mix it up.
“People won’t expect us to be lumping balls in the box, Wrexham tend to get it down and play it. But I think we are going to start mixing it up. We need a bit of variety.
“You only have to look at where Chester are sat in the league, and I thought they were poor. I didn’t think highly of them but they are getting results.”