WREXHAM manager Dean Saunders yesterday characterised his personal end of term report as ‘could do better’.
Contemplating tomorrow’s final game of the season against Weymouth at the Racecourse, the Dragons boss aims to temper his own disappointment by sending his side out under orders to both entertain and sign off with a victory.
“I want to leave the pitch at 6pm with a good feeling, which means we need a win,” he said.
“And I also want to see the supporters going away from the Racecourse with a smile on their faces.
“I don’t care about Weymouth and what their problems are, I just want us to go out there, play well and get the right result.”
Saunders admitted he had been swept along by the winning start he made to his managerial career back in October, but insisted he had learned just as much from the slump that followed.
“The young lads we brought in had a great start and we lost only one league game in I don’t know many, so they did brilliantly,” he added.
“But we were making chance after chance and not finishing most of them and it takes its toll.
“At Barrow we drew 1-1 but everyone came off feeling bitterly disappointed we had not won.
“When you don’t score, eventually it catches up with you at the other end which has been the case for us.
“Confidence takes a knock throughout the team, you don’t expect to score and when a goal is conceded heads go down.
“Players get edgy, they begin to worry and it’s taken its toll, especially on the younger lads in the squad.
“They seem to have hit a brick wall because they have never been involved in games like this or a league like this. It’s been hard for them to get over various disappointments like losing to the final kick of the game.”
“I’ve been very disappointed by the turnaround in fortunes but I’ve learned from it as well and I’ll be prepared for that next season.
“There’s only one promotion spot and one from the play-offs, which could be down to luck on the day or injuries, and all I can do is to try my best.
“I did that this season and I’m still as keen and enthusiastic as I was on my first day.
“I will use all my experience, everything I know about football, all my man management skills and all my contacts in the game to try and get the club back into the Football League.”
“I’ve given plenty of players a chance and I need to let the supporters know we are going in the right direction,” he added.
Urging supporters to suspend judgement on his progress until he has had a chance to assemble his own squad, Saunders said: “I’m really looking forward to pre-season where I can actually coach the players for a dozen games in pre-season and I can improve them.
“I want the best players I can get in who can not only play but are also up for a fight.
“We can’t always play pretty football so we need players who will put their head in where it hurts when necessary.”
Wrexham go into tomorrow’s finale with Mike Williams still absent with injury and doubts over Aurelien Collin, Ashley Westwood and Andrew Crofts.