DANNY WILLIAMS believes Wrexham are still suffering the nightmare effects of administration.
The Dragons midfielder said the Dragons were feeling the repercussions of the club’s 18-month financial hell, two months after it passed into the hands of new owners Geoff Moss and Neville Dickens.
Williams reckons restrictions placed on manager Denis Smith’s spending had left the club with too small a squad, with the injury-hit side feeling the effects during a miserable run of five defeats in their last six games.
However the 27-year-old, who is suspended for Saturday’s visit of MK Dons to the Racecourse, said the Dragons’ first game since losing 3-0 at Hartlepool was the perfect opportunity to stop dropping points and start winning games.
“We’ve had a few bad results recently, and some of that’s down to a few reasons that can’t be helped,” he said.
“Even though we’re out of administration, I still don’t think we’ve got a big enough squad and I think the manager thinks that as well. But he’s got certain restrictions and that’s something we’ve got to look at.”
Williams said Wrexham’s small squad had contributed to the side’s poor results recently while striker Neil Roberts, defender Shaun Pejic and midfielder Levi Mackin have been injured.
Roberts, who has missed the last six matches with an ankle ligament injury, is back in training this week and is expected to be involved on Saturday.
Meanwhile a scan on Pejic’s Achilles has revealed the damage is not as serious as first thought, while Mackin (knee) should be back in training this week.
“There are a lot of big teams in League Two and some of them have got big squads,” Williams added. “We’ve had a few players injured who play first-team football – Neil Roberts has been a big miss because he’s been in good form, and he’s the captain as well. Because he’s just coming back I don’t expect him to be firing on all cylinders on Saturday, but he’ll be giving his all until he gets fit.”
However, Williams added the injuries were no excuse for some of the Dragons’ recent results, which included two league games in a row in which Wrexham conceded five goals.
“You’ve got to take these things into consideration, but we should still be picking up points against some of the teams we’ve lost to,” he said.
“Saturday’s game will be a decent game, even from the sidelines for me, and we need to try and get a result and then kick on from there.”
The expected return of Pejic to the defence could see Williams moving back into midfield for Wrexham’s home clash with Rochdale in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy next Tuesday.
Williams said: “Some people prefer me playing in midfield and some people prefer me in defence, but I’ve said before I don’t mind playing either.”
He added he had received text messages from fellow midfielder Mark Jones, who has been training with the Wales squad during the international break, and said he was expecting “Jonah” to come back brimming with confidence for Saturday’s game.
Meanwhile, Roberts insists he has not given up hope of winning an international recall with Wales.
At 28 the striker, capped three times, knows his Wales career could yet be revived by coach John Toshack.
“I’d certainly never retire from playing for Wales and I always remain hopeful that I might one day get another call-up,” he said.
“John Toshack has already called up lads from Wrexham (Ryan Valentine and Mark Jones) this season so you never know what might happen.
“I’m a proud Welshman and would love to represent my country again, but my main priority at the moment is getting back playing for Wrexham.”
Club captain Darren Ferguson will return to face MK Dons on Saturday after having stitches removed from an ankle wound which ruled him out of the defeat to Hartlepool on September 30.
Left-back Ryan Valentine is suspended, but the red card picked up by teenage defender Gareth Evans in Monday night’s reserve team defeat to Bury will not rule him out of the squad.
Goalkeeper Michael Jones will also be on the bench after making good progress with a thigh injury.