WREXHAM favourite Danny Williams has reassured the club's fans that the lack-lustre team performance at Port Vale last weekend won't be repeated at Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.
The 27-year-old, voted Player of the Season by supporters in May, admitted that the players involved had been chastened by the 5-0 Vale Park hammering in what many saw as adress rehearsal for the League Two opener at Adams Park.
"That match didn't go to plan, that's for sure," he said.
"But it's come and gone now as far as we are concerned and all that counts is what happens this Saturday.
"It's been noticeable - and even the coaching staff have remarked on it - that we have looked very sharp in training this week.
"And what we must do is take one game at a time and concentrate on that.
"There is no point in either looking back or looking too far ahead."
Williams, who has been restored to mid-field this season after spending much of the previous campaign as a stand-in defender, claims not to have a preference and says he believes Wrexham are not yet firing on all cylinders.
"I'm just happy to be in the side and while that's the case I'll play in whichever position the gaffers wants me to," he added. "He knows I'll always give of my best and that's all that anyone can ask of me.
"But it looks as though we might be playing afew different systems this year. think we are still adjusting to 4-4-2 and it has to be remembered that we've got a few new faces in the club who need time to fully settle in.
"To be fair that's not been a major problem because Ryan Valentine knows what this division is all about and he's got a great deal of experience. "It's slightly more difficult for Steve Evans, who has stepped up from the League of Wales and will need time to adapt to the greater demands of League Two football, which obviously involves coming up against better players week in and week out. But he's getting there and playing at this level will be good for him.
"As for Chris Llewellyn and Neil Roberts, both have been with Wrexham before, so there's nothing they don't know about the club. And I'm pleased to say that, Chris apart, the others are all Wrexham lads like me "They really want to play and do well for their hometown club, which is a bonus and has got to be an advantage."
As one of the senior members of Denis Smith's relatively young squad, it seems entirely appropriate that Williams has this season taken on the role of club delegate to the player's union, the Professional Footballers' Association, and he has also agreed to help coach the Dragons' school of excellence under-12 team.
"Yes, I volunteered to be the PFArep because it's an important job and anew experience for me," he said. "It means I'm the link between the PFA and the players, who may want information about coaching course or pensions, and it's my job to organise such things.
"As for coaching the kids, Ihad my first session with them this week and enjoyed it. It's a first step for me, because the priority still is to concentrate on my football. I don't want to become distracted.
"Having said that, my Dad and my wife Vicky are both keen for me to start thinking about obtaining coaching qualifications with a view to what the future holds once I've stopped playing.
"After all, I'm 27 now so it's downhill all the way, although I'm hoping that retirement is a good few years down the line." DeenniissSSmmiitthh By MARK CURRIE Chief Sports Writer (lle efftt) ) a atttteemmp pttssttoor re eppe el l V Va alleel la assttS Saattu ur rd da ay y