CARL TREMARCO is confident Wrexham have the ability to match anyone in the league and continue their bid to pull away from the basement.
Wrexham sit bottom of the Football League following Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat at Wycombe, six points shy of safety, but with the luxury of three games in hand over Macclesfield, who occupy the final safety place.
The Dragons entertain Bury this afternoon at the Racecourse knowing a win could see them climb to within a single win of moving out of the bottom two, while defeat could also leave them staring at a nine point deficit.
But Tremarco, who is on loan at the Dragons from Tranmere Rovers, is confident Wrexham have enough in the locker to climb clear.
“They’re all big games towards the end of the season, we’ve worked hard on the training ground this week even with the game on Tuesday night,” he said. “They are all big games and we just need to keep our heads down and keep working towards them.
“We’ve got a few tough away games to come like Hereford and MK Dons, and if we can pick up points there they are bonus points if you like.
“But to be fair there are some away games we are also looking at winning, but we’ve got to play all the teams around us, and a few of them are at home, the likes of Bury, Dagenham, Macclesfield, Notts County as well.
“So it’s up to us and I’ve said for a while that if we don’t beat the teams around us then we don’t deserve to stay up. It’s not just me, everyone knows that, so we are looking to prove everyone wrong, everyone who thought we were finished.”
Two poor errors cost Wrexham dearly on Tuesday at Adams Park, as the Dragons were unable to capitalise on their 2-0 win over local rivals Chester City only two days earlier.
And Tremarco admitted the players themselves knew they had let everyone down with such a poor performance.
“The lads were just devastated at half time knowing how bad we played in the first half, personally it’s the worst I’ve played since I’ve been here,” he added. “As a team we didn’t play that well, and everyone knows that, but we bounced back second half to be fair, and that’s what makes it even worse.
“We won the second half 1-0, it was just two errors, one from myself and one from Wardy. If we’d have cut them out we’d have come away with a point or even better off, who knows, we are just kicking ourselves the way that it was our fault that we lost, they didn’t out play us. We really let ourselves down.
“On the day we have got it, we can give anyone a game – home and away – because Wycombe were not that much better than us, they just capitalised on two mistakes, they only had one decent chance, but second half they didn’t have a sniff.
“But it’s all about what we do, if we turn up on the day, we are a match for anyone especially at our place and in front of our fans, getting behind us. Bury won’t like coming here, I know they’ve been on a decent run, but I don’t think they’re going to like playing us.”
And Tremarco, who has become somewhat of a fans favourite since his move from Prenton Park, paid tribute to the supporters.
He said: “I was in a relegation battle when I was at Tranmere and the gaffer (Brian Little) was there, and the fans got on our backs a bit, they didn’t get behind us.
“In the end we just stayed up, but these fans here you just don’t hear any negativity, they’re always singing their heart out. At Chester, I know it was a derby game, but they were just unbelievable, the fans are a really big help and we doing it for them, not just for ourselves or the gaffer, we are doing it for the fans more than anyone to be honest.”
Meanwhile, manager Little is refusing to set his players a points target between now and the end of the campaign, insisting there was no need to put any added pressure on.
“I really don’t know if it’s a must win game,” stressed Little. “Obviously we’d want to win every game, but whatever we do and it keeps us up then it’s worth while. And if a kick up the backside every once in a while does us the world of good then fine.
“I don’t know what the exact route will be to safety. People keep asking me week after week what’s your points target, and I just say to them that I haven’t got one. I just want to be higher than two teams come the final game of the season, and whatever that number is it’s not worth contemplating or winding yourself up about it, or even putting the players under that kind of stress and pressure.”
When asked if defeat was disastrous, Little replied: “We are genuinely trying to get something out of every game we play and I think the Bury game is very, very important.
“I think to win would be massive for us, to lose is just not something we are contemplating at the moment.”