Cox Looks For Improved Game Management

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Segregation will be in place for this fixture with Wrexham fans having the Railway End and second seated stand of the ground entering via turnstiles 7 & 8.

Paul Cox is looking for improved game management from his Guiseley side as Wrexham come to Nethermoor on Saturday with kick-off at 3pm. 

The Lions are on the hunt for their first win of 2018 after Saturday’s late defeat at Dover Athletic.

It is just the second home game since the turn of the year after the Gateshead and Barrow fixtures were postponed.

The Dragons are in a good run of form with their last defeat coming at Macclesfield Town on Saturday 9th December.

The run includes draws with Gateshead, Tranmere, Barrow and Dover with wins over Torquay and Hartlepool which has propelled them to third place in the Vanarama National League.

Following the defeat at Dover boss Paul Cox was happy with his side’s hard work but disappointed with the result.

“The performance and energy levels were good, what is a little bit annoying is game management. We get to the 85th minute and I am sick of saying it, we should manage the game better to see it out. That would have been a decent point against a side who are up there who do not drop many points at home.”

“All we can do is dust ourselves down and go again. We have some tough games coming up but we have highlighted ones which we can get a point and maximum points out of.”

Looking ahead to the rest of the campaign Cox said “We need to now pick up consistent three points in our remaining 17 games.”

“We want to try and get three points, there is a number of games we feel we can affect and get maximum points. We have got to stay focused and it is amazing if we can get a win and even more so back to back wins would be key.”

“This game management has been a problem for a while and something we need to solve ASAP.”

Midfielder Will Hatfield has been making a good recovery from his groin injury which required an operation.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post earlier in the week he said “I have been running for a couple of weeks now and I am seeing my surgeon next week, so I am hoping that I will be back in full training next week.”

“Since the operation, it has been nine weeks and there were a couple of weeks out before it where they did not really know what was going on with it.”

Describing the injury the number eight explained “It has been about three months out so far and it has been a long time. It is my abductor on my right groin and it is called abductor avulsion with the muscle tearing off the bone and it is a case of re-attaching it. But it is feeling as good as ever now.”

Hatfield cannot wait to return to action and help his team mates “The sooner I can get back, the better. That is the main thing; I want to get back fit and then help the team as much as possible and hopefully I can do. I have really missed playing and want to get back out there and I am trying my best to do that.”

“I am hoping to be back in the fray for selection in the middle of February.”

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