WREXHAM boss Denis Smith is hoping his resurgent Red Dragons are not knocked off course by a Torquay United side buoyed by the arrival of new boss Lubos Kubik.
The Dragons have recorded four wins in their last seven contests, but Smith fears the arrival of the Polish coach will inevitably lift the performance of players keen to impress their new boss.
"They've got a new manager in and things change when a new manager comes in. Players have got a living to make and when things are not going right and somebody comes in and gives them fresh hope that they can put it right it gives everyone a lift," said Smith.
Kubik is the former boss of Polish lower league outfit Slask Wroclaw and enjoyed a playing career that saw him turn out in Serie A for Fiorentina as well as Bundesliga outfit Nuremberg and French club Metz.
He took over at Plainmoor from former boss Ian Atkins after the Gulls recorded just one league win in their last 12 outings, leaving them only a point off the League Two relegation zone.
But despite the arrival of Torquay's new man in charge Smith remains confident his team can be among the promotion-chasing pack following their recent upturn in fortunes.
The Dragons are nine points adrift of sixth-placed MK Dons, but with a game in hand on all of the teams above them Smith is confident his side can more than make good the gap.
"It's more than possible. When I was boss at Oxford United we won something like 15 out of 16 games in the league and managed to get automatic promotion after being 17th in January.
"That's what football is like - the league is over 46 games. If we can go on that kind of winning run then we can be up there. I also remember one year (1995-96) Millwall were top in January, but still managed to get relegated."
Returning strikers Lee McEvilly and Juan Ugarte are likely to feature again tonight after making substitute appearances in the impressive 2-0 FA Cup victory over League One promotion hopefuls Scunthorpe United.
And with club captain Neil Roberts (knee) also close to recovering the Wrexham boss will soon have four fully fit strikers, including the almost ever-present Chris Llewellyn, to call on.
A fully-fit Ugarte is an almost certain starter for the Dragons if he can recapture the goal-scoring touch that saw him bag 22 strikes in his first spell with the Dragons.
But Smith is unwilling to reveal what he regards as his first-choice strike partnership, stressing competition for the forward berths will be fierce as all four can make key contributions.
"Llewellyn is my joint top goal-scorer (on seven goals with Mark Jones) and Neil Roberts was outstanding before he got injured and we've struggled while he's been out.
"Until everybody gets fit we'll just have to wait and see."
The Dragons are expected to be unchanged from the side that overcame Scunthorpe while United are also likely to field the same team that drew 1-1 with Leyton Orient in the FA Cup on Saturday.
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