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Little's Wrexham reality check

Brian Little

Brian Little has given his Wrexham players a reality check as he insists their five-goal thrashing of Stevenage Borough was a "freak" result.

A bumper 4,901 Racecourse crowd celebrated Wrexham's biggest win for five years in their first game outside the Football League for 87 years.

Little is keen to win instant promotion from the Blue Square Premier Division.

But the Reds boss reminded afterwards: "They were better than us for the first hour, it was a bit of a freak result."

Wrexham lost their long-standing Football League status last season but their 5-0 demolition of Stevenage was a perfect statement of intent to their non-league rivals.

But Little wants to keep his troops grounded as the experienced boss cannot allow his team get carried away with such a victory, however morale-boosting.

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New captain Tom Kearney's deflected free-kick gave Wrexham a half-time lead before Wrexham cut loose after Jefferson Louis' 66th minute second.

"Yes the last half-an-hour was very enjoyable," conceded Little. "But lest not forget that for the first hour I was concerned.

"I wouldn't say the score-line flattered us because we were so on top late on.

"But we enjoyed some luck as Tom's free-kick benefited from a wicked deflection and our goalkeeper Gavin Ward made a very good save when we were 2-0 up.

"So while I will enjoy the win, we must keep it in perspective a little.

"Yet I must admit that psychologically it was great for both the crowd and the players because everyone started to enjoy football again.

"Last season wasn't great for us and winning like this is so much nicer it's untrue. It is a pleasure.

"It was our day today and I hope the fans enjoyed themselves and continue to cheer us on, that means a great deal to all concerned."

Wrexham's day was soured by Levi Mackin's sending off for a second bookable offence and Little had no complaints about the dismissal.

"I feel sorry for young Levi," he said.

"But he lunged for the ball and these days you can't lunge for the ball unless you have no contact with the opposing player.

"Other than that the day has been quite enjoyable - the cat will get fed tonight!"


see also
Wrexham 5-0 Stevenage Borough
09 Aug 08 |  Non League


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