PLAYER-BOSS Andy Morrell is concerned about Wrexham’s perilous position and says the immediate aim is stringing some wins together before contemplating challenging for promotion.
Wrexham have gone four games without a win after losing 2-1 at Salisbury City on Saturday and the Reds now find themselves 20th in the table, only out of the relegation zone on goal difference.
Already 19 points behind unbeaten leaders Cambridge United after just 13 matches, Morrell says thoughts of being contenders for a top-five finish are on the back-burner for now.
“It is going to have to be a monumental effort but let’s just win a game of football first, we have got to do that,” said Morrell.
“I wouldn’t worry about where we are going to be at the end of the season, we are down in 20th so we have got to make sure that we pick up some points and start heading the right way up the table. Then we will worry about where we go from there.
“I am really concerned, if I wasn’t then there would be an issue. We need to get points and we need to get them fast but if we stop the stupid goals that we are conceding, we have got half a chance.”
Wrexham took the lead just before the break at The Raymond McEnhill Stadium as striker Joe Anyinsah got his first goal for the club but Salisbury scored twice in the space of three late second-half minutes to secure a victory which Morrell felt was cruel on his players.
“I am just gutted for the lads because their effort, hard work and everything, I thought they came away and did a great job for a fair bit. It is just not happening at the minute,” said Morrell.
“They are giving everything they have got, we just can’t catch a break at the minute.
“I am sure it will turn soon but it has got to turn sooner rather than later.”
Morrell added: “I think there are a fair few positives to take out of it.
“We have got to look forward and be positive because if we are not, then we have got a long old season ahead.”
Goalkeeper Joslain Mayebi was dropped after his mistake gifted Cambridge an equaliser in the previous outing and replacement Andy Coughlin, making his first appearance of the season, made a stunning early reflex save before he was beaten twice in the second half.
Pleased with his performance, Coughlin hopes to keep his place for tomorrow’s clash against Southport at The Racecourse.
“It was good to be able to show Mozza what I can do,” said Coughlin. “I was happy with how I played, just disappointed that we did not come away with anything because I thought we deserved three points.
“Hopefully I get another chance against Southport. I have had a taste of it now and I don’t really want to go back to sitting on the bench.”
Optimistic Wrexham can turn the corner and start climbing the table, Coughlin continued: “I thought we did well first-half and did well for most of the second-half as well. It was just five minutes of madness.
“We are down there and we need to pick some points up quickly but as soon as we get a couple of wins on the bounce, I can see us pushing on from there.
“Three points tomorrow would be a big lift and then we go again on Sunday against Barnet.”