Saunders' plea for Wrexham focus

22 February 2011 07:26
Wrexham boss Dean Saunders has told his players to focus despite their off-the-field 'distractions' and kick-start their Football League promotion push.The Blue Square Premier Bet play-off chasers are in crisis because of uncertainty surrounding the future of Wales' oldest pro football club. [LNB]Recently-appointed chief Rob Bickerton resigned and withdrew his offer to buy the crisis club after fan protests. [LNB]And Saunders said: "It's probably down to me to try and keep it all together." [LNB]Wrexham travel to league leaders AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday just three days after their 7-2 home thrashing by Gateshead at the Racecourse Ground. [LNB]And Wrexham's difficult week took another twist when potential buyer Bickerton's consortium announced it was withdrawing their bid to purchase the 138-year-old club. [LNB]Bickerton, chief executive Tony Allan and commercial director Jon Harris pulled out of their bid due to "Saturday's display of passion and emotion by the club's fans" during the huge defeat by Gateshead. [LNB]It has been one off-the-field saga after another in a tumultuous few weeks at The Racecourse Ground after it was revealed two other potential buyers of the club, which was put up for sale last month, have pulled out. [LNB]Saunders hopes the issues are not affecting his players but their hammering by Gateshead - their first home league defeat since 9 October - was their third game without a win following a seven-match winning streak.[LNB] It is my responsibility to lift the players up for the game and I'm going to have to take it upon myself to try and keep the club together Wrexham manager Dean Saunders "There's all sorts of distractions going on that I'm trying to avoid and it's probably all down to me to try and keep it all together," said Saunders. [LNB]"I will take that upon myself to try and make sure the players are focussed and make sure the fans are supporting us. [LNB]"This is the best position the club has been in for six years so we cannot waste this opportunity by letting others things get in the way." [LNB]And Saunders hopes his players - "shell-shocked" after Saturday's humiliation - give him a positive reaction at Kingsmeadow on Tuesday. [LNB]"We are still in the play-offs and have only lost two games in four months," said Saunders. [LNB]"So I'm not going to let this one spoil what we have done and what we are doing . [LNB]"I certainly didn't see that one coming - it was a freak result. Football never ceases to amaze you does it? You get a slap in the face just when you think you've cracked it. [LNB]"Since I've been at the club the worst I can recall is letting in three, so to concede seven - I just hope it is a one-off and we can get back to winning ways on Tuesday night against Wimbledon [LNB]"We have got to go down there and show the determination and fight and not get beat. It will show what we are made of. [LNB]"We've got nothing to fear. Wimbledon are a team but we are as good as anybody. [LNB]"It is my responsibility to lift the players up for the game and I'm going to have to take it upon myself to try and keep the club together."

Source: BBC_Sport