Little arrival boosts Racecourse pair
WREXHAM boss Brian Little believes his arrival at the club has been a massive boost to defenders Shaun Pejic and Steve Evans’ Racecourse careers.
Both players often found themselves frozen out during assistant boss Brian Carey’s 11 months in charge, but have been reinvigorated by Little’s arrival at the club.
Little also blooded 18-year-old defender Wes Baynes in his first game in charge when the Dragons drew 2-2 with Chester City.
He said, “I know them (Pejic and Evans) better than I know some of the other players. Straight away I told the players I knew that I needed them to do certain things because I knew they could.
“I’m still learning about all the other players, but in fairness to Shaun and Steve I told them to take their chance and not to miss out.
“Up to now they’ve taken their chances. That’s what football’s about really. New managers will come in and pick a team and sometimes someone who has been on the fringes of things gets an opportunity to play.
“Look at Wes at right-back. He’d not played in the first team and he’s played really well in the last two games.”
But others who seemed central to Carey’s plans, like Robbie Garrett, have found their chances limited under the new regime.
Little insists it’s up to any player who suddenly finds himself surplus to requirements to prove they are worth a place in the Dragons’ starting 11.
“If they’re the right sort of characters they’ll compete and that’s what I’m looking for.
“Their character has to shine through.
“They have to make sure that when their chance comes they’re ready for it.
“If their chance comes after a week it’s easy enough because you’re still in pretty good nick, to be fair.
“If it takes three or four weeks and they’ve let themselves go a little bit then they’ve only got themselves to blame.”
Little managed to stop a rot that had seen the Dragons lose 10 of their opening 14 League games with successive draws in his opening two fixtures.
The Dragons followed up their draw with Chester with a resilient backs-to-the-wall display to take a point at Rochdale on Saturday.
But Wrexham travel to Bury tonight with Little insisting he is looking to build more than just defensive solidity at the Racecourse.
“There’s a lot been made about us trying to be hard to beat, but it’s important to say that we’re still going out there to try and win.
“I don’t want people to think for one minute that we’re not trying to win football matches. Potentially, we’re in danger of someone saying we deserved what we get if we lose because we haven’t been trying to win.
“It’s important to remind people that against Chester we came back twice to draw the game and while at Rochdale it might have looked defensive, our intention was to try to counter attack.”
Midfielder Matty Done (illness) and defender Neil Taylor (hamstring) are set to miss out for the Dragons.
Bury are expected to field an unchanged side from the team that defeated Exeter City 1-0 in the FA Cup second round on Saturday.