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Wrexham AFC need goals from all over the pitch says Sam Ricketts


Sam Ricketts was delighted to see centre-half Manny Smith open his goalscoring account for the season and insists it is important the Dragons chip in with goals from all over the pitch.

Wrexham maintained their unbeaten start to the National League season with a 3-1 win at Eastleigh on Saturday, the victory keeping them top of the early standings .

Smith volleyed home Luke Summerfield’s free kick to open the scoring, before an own goal attributed to Alex Wynter and a late third goal from Mike Fondop, after Paul McCallum had given Eastleigh a lifeline, ensure the win.

Fondop’s late effort was his fourth of the season, while fellow forwards Jordan Maguire-Drew (2) and Rekeil Pyke were the only other players on the scoresheet for the Dragons this term before Smith opened his tally.

Adding a goals threat was Ricketts’ number one priority when taking over at the club in the summer, and he feels his side need to be a bigger threat all over the park.



Manny Smith celebrates with his team-mates after scoring for Wrexham AFC at Eastleigh

“If you are going to be successful you can’t just rely on one player, you need goals coming from everywhere,” said the Dragons boss.

“That is why it is so pleasing that we have two centre-halves who when they go up, they go up expecting to score and not just going up to make up the numbers.

“ Shaun (Pearson ) should have scored second half with a header and kill the game off.

“He didn’t, the game became a little bit scrappy and then finally we got the third goal and a little bit of breathing space.”

Ricketts named an unchanged starting XI for the first time this season for trip to Hampshire from the side that moved top of the National League after claiming a 2-0 win in midweek at Maidenhead United.

This week is the first without a midweek game after a hectic start to the new season, and Ricketts was pleased with the chance to recharge is side’s batteries ahead of two games over the bank holiday weekend.

He added: “I want my team to be really athletic, I want them to harry and work the opposition when we don’t have the ball.

“Then when we get it, I want us to out-run them combined with our ability on the ball.

“I am demanding and I want an awful lot, and the team are giving me everything.

“It has been a really tough first 15 days, five games in such a short space of time.

“In a squad which some have played all the games, I have tried to rotate it a little bit and now we go into a really busy bank holiday weekend.



Manny Smith scores for Wrexham AFC at Eastleigh
Manny Smith scores for Wrexham AFC at Eastleigh

“Saturday-Monday is a really big ask on any squad but it will be a big ask on ours.

“It is about making sure that we stick to our standards.

“It is brilliant that we have actually got a week to work on stuff now in training and make sure we are ready to go again next Saturday.”

On naming an unchanged match day squad, Ricketts added: “Just going into how we wanted to approach the game and what Eastleigh’s strengths were.

“It just felt that the personnel was ready to go again.

“I like to change a winning team, it is all a case of who we are playing, what their strengths are, what their weakness are, and what suits us doing that in our team.”


Source : DailyPost

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