KEVIN Russell has backed Wrexham to pull themselves out of the relegation mire on the eve of Saturday's crunch clash with Milton Keynes Dons, writes Paul Wheelock.
The Racecourse assistant boss echoed manager Denis Smith's sentiments that the relegation-threatened Reds can secure their League One safety, despite being adrift in the drop zone.
Smith praised his team's spirit after last week-end's 2-1 defeat to Hull City, in which Wrexham were hit by a spate of late withdrawals because of a flu bug that has spread throughout the camp.
The loss ended their seven-game unbeaten sequence but number two Russell, who has also been ill, believes there is no reason why they can't go on another run - once everyone is fit.
He said: 'We were more than pleased with the performance given the circumstances.
'We've been playing well for a while now so we went there confident. But, obviously, we were up against it with the amount of players we were missing and there were three or four who played on despite illness.
'We couldn't have asked any more from them but they were still disappointed not to get something from it. That shows the spirit in the squad.
'We are in a positive frame of mind. There's 39 points left to play for and we can win the majority of them once the players are fully fit.
'We're still in two cups and there's no reason why we can't make this a successful season. On our day, I think we can beat anyone in this division because we are a good football side.'
As the Mail was going to press, the Dragons were preparing for Tuesday night's home clash with Colchester United.
With a number of players still consigned to their sick bed, manager Smith's hand has been further hit by fresh injuries to Dean Bennett and Alex Smith, who both started the game at Hull's KC Stadium.
Yet Carlos Edwards is back training after missing the defeat.
Boss Smith said: 'We are going out with the intention of winning every game we play but it would be nice to do it on a level playing field for a change.'
Saturday's visitors to the Racecourse, MK Dons, occupy one of the four relegation spots along with the Dragons.
Danny Wilson's men, who won the first meeting of the sides in December 3-0, are expected to name former Wrexham keeper Matt Baker in their squad.
Like the Reds, the Dons have showed signs of improvement of late, winning two and drawing one of their last three league games.