WREXHAM goalkeeper Mike Ingham returns to the Racecourse today from international duty, delighted to have won his third cap for Northern Ireland in their 0-0 draw with Wales on Tuesday evening.
The 26-year-old stopper replaced Maik Taylor for the second half of the Windsor Park friendly and was rarely tested as Wales were forced to defend for long spells.
But Ingham was pleased to banish the memory of a less than impressive show for Wrexham last Saturday when they suffered a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Wycombe Wanderers.
“It just goes to show how football is,” he said afterwards.
“I had a complete stinker for Wrexham on Saturday but I’ve come away with Northern Ireland and the manager has shown his faith by giving me the whole of the second half.
“It was a bit hard to come on and pick up the pace of the game, but that’s always the case, and I thought I did okay.
“We played a lot better in the second half and I thought we were a bit unlucky not to nick one at the end.”
Injuries and suspensions meant neither side was at full strength, but Ingham said respective managers Lawrie Sanchez and John Toshack had learned something new ahead of the resumption next month of the 2008 European Championship qualifying campaign.
“The thing was we only had a squad of 15 players tonight and we have maintained our unbeaten record at Windsor Park,” he added.
“So we can take something from that, even though it petered out towards the end.
“I thought Wales started very well and were probably the better team in the first half but we came out of the blocks quicker after the break and could have won the game.”
Wrexham defender Steve Evans earned lavish praise from Wales boss John Toshack after his inspirational display in the goalless draw against Northern Ireland.
Toshack’s depleted squad – he was missing 13 players in all through injuries – left him with a team of youngsters and old hands against Sanchez’s outfit.
But they held firm in the international friendly at Windsor Park thanks to a fine rearguard display which saw former TNS man Evans emerge as one of the game’s most impressive performers.
Toshack said: “What I was most pleased with was the way our back four battled away to get the draw – in particular the central defenders.
“Steve Evans is in a very difficult situation down at the bottom of the league with Wrexham, but he has come into the last two internationals and not put a foot wrong.
“He handled all the aerial stuff and has shown he can step up a level.
“A year ago he was playing non-league football and now he is handling internationals.”
The Dragons fell into the League Two relegation zone for the first time this season on Saturday after the Racecourse defeat to Wycombe.
Toshack has regularly dipped into the Wrexham squad during his time in charge, and says relegation to the Conference would be a bitter blow.
“We obviously want to see Wrexham pulling out of this situation,” he said.
“Hopefully next season they can have a real go at getting promotion, but it’s a very delicate situation at the moment.”
Meanwhile, Wrexham club captain Neil Roberts has reported no reaction to his ankle injury after playing for an hour against Macclesfield on Tuesday.
The striker hopes to play some part against Peterborough on Saturday.