WREXHAM manager Brian Carey has vowed to keep his players’ feet on the ground as they prepare for Saturday’s visit of already relegated Torquay United to the Racecourse.
The Dragons upset the form-book with a 3-0 victory at Lincoln City last weekend to record their first win in three outings and the result saw them swap places with Boston United at the foot of League Two.
Delighted though he was by the Sincil Bank performance, Carey said: “The players know that it was only one result and we only got three points.
“We have not achieved anything yet and there is still a long way to go and a lot more to do before the end of the season.
“We set ourselves a standard against Lincoln and we need to maintain that against Torquay and beyond.”
The Dragons boss revealed that midfielder Danny Williams, who is prone to back trouble, was taken off as a precaution midway through the second half on Saturday, but he is expected to be available for the weekend, as are club captain Neil Roberts (calf) and Robbie Garrett (virus).
“Apart from Danny, who was feeling his back a bit and has not trained today, we have no serious worries,” Carey added. “We are looking forward to a good week and keeping our fingers crossed that we don’t pick up any major knocks for the rest of the season.”
The manager acknowledged the contribution made by midfielder Jeff Whitley since he joined the club on loan from Cardiff City in February. The former Manchester City man has missed just one of the last nine games and was a major influence at Sincil Bank.
“Jeff has benefited from a run of games and is coming into a run of form at just the right time for us,” Carey said.
“He has made a big difference both on and off the field. He is an experienced professional who has been around a long time and done virtually everything in his career.
“He leads by example on the field and in the dressing room and drags all the other players with him. A lot of the younger lads look up to him because he knows what it’s about and he’s been a great addition to the squad.”
Defender Ryan Valentine, another impressive performer against Lincoln, insisted the ease of Wrexham’s win against a side heading for the League Two play-offs had not come as a surprise.
He said: “We had a miserable Easter when we were deservedly beaten at Macclesfield, but we were plain unlucky against Notts County.
“But our second-half display on Easter Monday merely reinforced our belief that we can get out of the relegation zone and we took that confidence into Saturday’s match.
“Although Torquay are down, that might work against us,” Valentine added. “They will be coming here with no fear and will be playing for their pride.”
Garrett made a comeback as Wrexham reserves drew 1-1 with Carlisle United at Buckley last night. Mike Carvill levelled for the Dragons with three minutes to go after Daniel Kirkup had put the visitors ahead against the run of play on 77 minutes.l Buckley & District Reds’ next meeting is at Buckley Cricket Club tomorrow (8pm).