THERE have been so many false dawns at Wrexham over the past few years that no one can hail this as the start of something big.
But a win against the league leaders has to be something the ailing Dragons build on.
Trying to build on things at the Racecourse was all the rage before the new owners took over (now you wonder if you will ever see a development on the grand old ground) but false dawns are one thing that has carried over into the new regime.
Those concerned with Wrexham FC have had to face so many problems off the pitch in the last few years they’ve forgotten about what happens on it.
So as people battled to save the club existence, the playing squad was run down.
Even when money was available in the summer to strengthen the squad it wasn’t used correctly.
The fact that Wrexham still prop up the Football League shows that to be the case.
So it’s past Christmas and boss Brian Little is left with a patch-up job.
In fairness the owners have put their hand in their pocket once more to fund eight new signings to add to a large – if unbalanced – squad.
And while you can’t say that a win over MK Dons is going to revolutionise the season, it must be a rallying point.
New boss Brian Little will rightly point out that with the transfer window now open, he can put his stamp on the squad.
And the difference is already starting to show on the football field.
Out of the eight on Saturday’s showing Danny Sonner could be the shrewdest.
At 35, the former Northern Ireland international is no spring chicken, but he brings what Wrexham have lacked since Darren Ferguson was allowed to leave to manage Peterborough last season – composure.
Sonner’s performance in the middle of the park against the Dons was calm and assured, giving the likes of Chris Llewellyn the platform to play.
And whatever fans may think of Jeff Whitley, his experience and class at this level can never be brought into question.
When he regains fitness there should be solidarity in midfield, which should help an ailing defence which has been the root cause of a lot of the Dragons’ problems for so long.
Many people point to the signing of loan keeper Anthony Williams as the key to keeping clean sheets when they were needed most last season, but Whitley’s organisation and know-how had just as big an effect.
The new incumbent of the number one jersey – Gavin Ward – had little to do against the Dons. His kicking is sometimes suspect, but his sheer presence may give the defenders a lift after Williams’ loss of form this term.
On the left Carl Tremarco looks a steady player able to play his way out of trouble instead of simply hoofing the ball. It may be a little tough on Neil Taylor – the one shining light of the season – to bring in another left-sided defender, but as Little says Tremarco edges it on experience and that’s what Wrexham need at the moment.
And up front there have been changes for the better with Stuart Nicholson adding pace and work-rate while Paul Hall is no slouch, and has the ability to hold up the hold.
One grumble against the previous Wrexham frontline was that they are too similar. However neat and tidy players like Michael Proctor, Neil Roberts and Llewellyn will be effective alongside a player with something different like Nicholson.
He may be the spark the Dragons’ front line need, especially away from home.
However the biggest signing of the season may well be Little himself.
After signing a deal until the end of the term, I feel it is in no way certain he will stay at the Racecourse, even if the club does retain its league status.
If he does stay then he must correct the mistakes of the past.
Little must rectify the imbalances in the squad, which sees a plethora of strikers but no adequate cover on the right-side of defence. It sees five wingers in a team that plays 5-3-2.
If Wrexham stay up this season – and again this is a big if – then Little must rip apart the squad once again.
He’s the right man to do it. He has the reputation to bring in better players than a club at the bottom of League Two deserves.
And so it is vital Little does stay, because the last thing the club needs is a another new start.