WREXHAM’S Neil Taylor reckons more teams are in line for the sort of hammering Luton received on Tuesday night – starting with Chester City in tomorrow’s derby at the Racecourse.
Dragons ace Taylor said as long as Wrexham keep on getting the simple things right – as they did when they thrashed the Blue Square Premier’s pre-season title favourites 3-0 this week – they are good enough to beat anyone in the division.
And with Wrexham needing to string together a run of victories to climb back into the promotion race, the 20-year-old warned his team-mates there was more than just three points at stake tomorrow, with local bragging rights to play for as well.
“We really are confident, yeah,” said Taylor, who was yesterday named in Brian Flynn’s Wales under-21 squad to face Bosnia-Herzegovina at the Racecourse on Saturday, October 10.
“We went back to basics on Tuesday and did what we’re best at it, and hopefully we can take that into Sunday and on into the season.
“I’m confident we can do the same against Chester – and against any team we play,” added Taylor, who insisted the Dragons more than matched runaway league leaders Oxford United in a 1-0 defeat at the Racecourse two weeks ago.
“I thought we were better than Oxford – we just couldn’t score, and if we’d been able to score one I think we’d have scored as many as we did against Luton.
“I don’t think we can take any team a certain way. Everybody’s beating everybody in this league at the moment so I don’t think it matters who you are.
“But certainly we’ve got to take the same thing we did Tuesday into Sunday and hopefully it’ll pay off.”
Taylor said the players regarded tomorrow’s clash with Chester – bottom of the table thanks to a points deduction for going into administration during the summer – as a must-win game, and acknowledged the fans would do the same.
“It adds to the fact that we need results as well,” said Taylor. “The fact that it’s a derby just adds a bit to it.
“A lot of the local lads have played in derbies here before. I’ve played in a couple before and I know what it’s all about – what it means to us, the fans, the bragging rights and so on, so the fact that it’s a derby match always adds a bit to it.”
Taylor, who is hoping to overcome a hip injury in time to face Chester, played at left-back against Luton but has also been deployed in the left of midfield several times this season.
“I haven’t got a preference – I don’t mind where I play as long as I’m playing,” he said. “It’s just different jobs with different roles.
“I do like playing left-back. I enjoy being further forward when I’m playing in midfield, but I get forward as much as I can anyway from left-back so it doesn’t matter to me.”
Manager Dean Saunders said Wrexham were going into tomorrow’s game on the back of their best performance since he took over as manager last year.
“We scored three goals against Luton but we could have got eight, and I don’t think they had a shot on target,” said Saunders.
“It was as good a performance as we’ve had since I’ve been here, in terms of needing three points and standing up and going out and forcing a result, which is what I asked them to do.
“I was pleased that they could go out and produce that and they would have got a lot of confidence from it – and we’ll find out on Sunday.”
Saunders has largely the same group of players to pick from which were involved in the victory over Luton, although in training this morning the manager will run the rule over a number of players carrying minor injuries.
Aside from Taylor’s hip injury, the Dragons boss will hope centre-back Ashley Westwood and versatile Wes Baynes can overcome knee injuries, while utility man Silvio Spann has a hamstring strain.
Left-back Sam Williamson is expected to be out for a fortnight after a hernia operation while goalkeeper Sam Russell is still recovering from a dislocated elbow.
The club is urging supporters to buy their tickets for the Chester game today as no tickets will be sold tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Wrexham have requested for the game at Kettering Town on October 10 to be postponed after Taylor, Chris Maxwell and Marc Williams were named in the Wales U21 squad for the Uefa Championship qualifier against Bosnia-Herzegovina at the Racecourse the same day.