“There is ability in the squad as last season showed, but confidence in the side is really low”
The match preview series continues, as Aled Roberts answers our call to discuss his team Wrexham AFC:
TT – Hi Alex before we discuss the Red Dragons, tell us a bit about yourself and how long have you been going to games?
AR – I’ve been a supporter since the 09/10 season, and a season ticket holder for the past 4 seasons.
After finishing 4th last year, expectations must have been high for 19-20?
We expected to be competing for promotion, with signing a striker who scored 17+ last season and additions in midfield and defence. Without making wholesale changes to the team that finished near the top the previous season.
What’s been the main reasons for your poor start to the season?
A poor managerial appointment, Hughes’s only management experience was at Scarborough and their fans said that he was not managerial material and was poor. They can provide more on that topic.
How’s the team been playing in recent games and are you hopeful of climbing the table soon?
Feeling nervous for our next 4 games, let alone our match at Torquay. There is ability in the squad as last season showed but confidence in the side is really low. On Saturday the second half started well, we scored within the first 20 minutes, then came the dreaded moment of hope..then Daggers scored again.
Who are your key players?
I’d say the goalkeeper Lainton, in defence Pearson and Horsfield, midfield Young and Redmond, upfront Hooper and Grant.
How have Ex-Gulls Luke Young and Jazzi Barnum-Bobb been doing for you?
Young has been doing well and is the better of the two ex-Gulls, whilst the other really hasn’t flourished as I expected he would. Jazzi hasn’t been picked recently compared to Young who has had more minutes.
Have you got the right man in charge and what sort of tactics does he employ?
As a team with low confidence it is going to take time. Something that we don’t have, as a team who is in the relegation zone. Unsure if we do have the right man for the job. If he was appointed to keep us up then I can understand it, but if it isn’t then I don’t know what direction we are going, as I know that our current direction isn’t upward and out of relegation trouble. He is quite a defensive minded manager with a game plan to score and try to hold onto the lead, and maybe go on the counter when an opportunity is available.
What attendances have you been getting at the Racecourse and will you bring many down to Plainmoor?
Our average home crowd this season is about 3,500. last season we took an average of 250-300 away, this season it is more like 150. I would expect we would take 100+ at Torquay this Tuesday, but won’t be less than 80.
Which teams/players have impressed you most this season so far?
Teams: Solihull, Fylde, Notts County. Players: Rowe, Rooney and opposition goalkeepers, they usually play outstanding no matter the occasion!
And finally, give us a match prediction for Tuesday night?
Not confident, a 3-0 loss. Hopefully I am wrong as we desperately need to get out of this rut, but don’t know when our run of form will begin. We seem to have two forms – a brilliant cup form but a horrendous league form, and we haven’t been able to transfer our cup form to the league.