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I feel the team can only get better and better – Wrexham boss Phil Parkinson

09 Sep 2023 4 minute read
Wrexham manager Phil Parkinson on the touchline during the Sky Bet League Two match at the SToK Racecourse, Wrexham. Credit: Barrington Coombs/PA Wire.

Phil Parkinson believes there is plenty more to come from his Wrexham side after they extended their unbeaten league run to six games with a 2-1 win over Doncaster.

An Elliot Lee strike with two minutes remaining bagged all three points for the Red Dragons, who move into the League Two play-off places, while Grant McCann’s wait for Rovers’ first win of the season goes on.

Wrexham took the lead in the 37th minute when Luke Young’s effort was deflected past the helpless Ian Lawlor in the Rovers goal after Ollie Palmer and Lee had come close moments earlier.

But Doncaster continued to look threatening and their pressure was rewarded in the 52nd minute when Mo Faal nodded home from close range after some nice work down the left by Joe Ironside.

The home side could have retaken the lead when Will Boyle’s header flashed wide and Palmer’s effort was saved by Lawlor, but it was Lee who ensured the win with a rasping shot from the edge of the box in the 88th minute.

That victory makes it nine games unbeaten across all competitions for Wrexham, who have not tasted defeat in League Two since the first game of the season, while Doncaster remain bottom of the table with just two points from seven games.

Tough conditions

Wrexham manager Parkinson said: “I feel the team can only get better and better, we have a lot of talent to come back, so it’s up to us to get those players who have been out up to speed, but it’s a good dilemma to have.

“We’ve brought in good characters who are also good lads, not just when they are in the team but also when they are out of it.

“It was very tough conditions to play in today with the heat and we probably didn’t have the intensity that we usually have at the Racecourse, but sometimes you’ve just got to get over the line and win.

“There are times when you don’t play at your best and today was a little bit scrappy and the conditions probably contributed to that, but the lads always dig deep.

“It’s great to have Paul Mullin back and he’s getting stronger each day, also Steven Fletcher coming on made a great contribution for the last 20 minutes.”

Doncaster boss Grant McCann said: “We can take some positives from the game and I’m disappointed as I thought we were the better team today.

“We’ve given them two very soft goals, the first one we switched off on the edge of the box and the second we allowed the player to get a shot on goal.

“We’ve got a lot of young lads in the team but that’s something we have to work on and we have to make sure the boys understand what we want them to do.

“I feel we are not far away but I can’t keep saying that as we are seven games in now. I said to the boys that we are pretty on the eye but we’re getting zero points from it.

“That’s not what my teams are about and never have been and that’s something that has to change going forward.”

Watch: Wrexham see off struggling Doncaster as Paul Mullin returns

Gallery: The best images from Wrexham v Doncaster

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