WREXHAM manager Brian Little confessed he was as relieved as he was pleased after watching his side eventually cruise to a 5-0 win against Stevenage Borough at the Racecourse on Saturday.
And the Dragons’ boss admitted the result was not a true reflection of a match in which the visitors proved to be more than stubborn opposition for 70 minutes.
“It was a great result but I think at 1-0 they played some decent football and were arguably well in the game, if not the better side” he said afterwards.
“Even at 2-0 down they were not out of it so we have to take our time to think about it.
“The way the game went, the last part was a massive bonus for us but from my point of view I never felt comfortable in the first half at all. We needed the second goal to go in and then the last half an hour of the game was all about us.”
Little had few complaints about the manner in which referee David Coote handled the match, which was marred by the dismissals of Boro striker Steve Morison and home midfielder Levi Mackin, and said he had warned his players to be on their best behavior.
“There were a couple of sendings-off that are not really healthy for either side,” he added.
“I didn’t see anything with their lad so I haven’t got a clue what went on there.
“In Levi’s case he just lunged at the ball, which he got, but at the time I felt it was a bit reckless.
“We have told players they can’t do that at this early stage of the season until everyone settles down.
“So I was on tenterhooks for much of the game, not because of the referee who ran it to the letter of the law but because I don’t want players to over commit themselves.
“But it was a great result and it was one of those days when you put on a couple of subs on and they both score as well.”
A bumper Racecourse crowd of 4,901 was far and away the biggest of the day in the Blue Square Premier and while he was delighted with the support, the Dragons boss warned fans not to be carried away by one result.
“It’s too early to get carried away and I though Stevenage were a decent side,” he said.
“I don’t think the 5-0 was a true reflection on them as a team because they were better than that.
“Even at 2-0 they continued to have a go and had it not been for Gavin’s (Ward) save they might have got back in it. Their attitude was brilliant and we had to hang in there. We should not think this result is a reflection of what the rest of the season holds.
“But it’s a great result for the fans and if we can bring people in and entertain them, then great.”
Wrexham were handed a significant advantage when Morison was red-carded for a shove on defender Darran Kempson.
Stevenage plan to appeal the dismissal but the centre-back, who enjoyed a steady outing before being replaced by Steve Evans in the second half, said: “I think Morison deserved to be sent off because he lashed out at me, which is something you cannot do.
“With it being the first game of the season referees are going to make examples of players. Things happen in football and you just have to get on with it because you know the referee’s decision is final.”