Here we are, all awaiting our arrivals to the Lane this evening for what is undoubtedly our biggest game of the campaign so far. First against Second, Notts County against Wrexham, both promotion favourites facing off. I believe we are in for a treat.
But first, as always, lets recap.
A good convincing victory this past weekend, wasn’t it? I fully expected that would be the case as I just felt we had too much on paper for Altrincham to handle and it showed over the course of the full ninety minutes.
Toby Adebayo-Rowling was handed his long-awaited full league debut and I thought he took his opportunity perfectly. The pace he displayed was known from the beginning but to see how it damages the opposition’s backlines is frightening and I felt he was of perfect value for his assist as it was more than justified off the quality of his individual performance. That will not be enough to dispossess Aaron Nemane of his place in the starting eleven but has shown us an injury upon the Frenchmen will not be as damaging as first expected as Toby showed that he is more than a reliable back-up option.
It would be impossible to go over Saturday without mentioning Macaulay Langstaff. I mean, what more can you possibly say? The man is in impeccable form. Fourteen goals in eleven games for a player who cost £50,000 is simply remarkable and the matter of the fact is when he decides to move on in the future, the money we will receive from that transfer will be a significant increase on what was first spent in his recruitment to the club. Both of his goals against Altrincham typified what he is about, that fox in the box and a real pain for the opposition. Let’s all hope he can replicate the same antics this evening and fire us to the top of the pile.
Now then, for tonight, a whole new, tougher test is obviously expected.
It is no secret that Wrexham have the most expensive squad in the division with a handful of players that are playing well below the level they should be playing at. But they have been beaten already this season and will undoubtedly be beaten again at some point.
We all know now that our aim is the title and to win that we must be winning these games, the games against promotion rivals and arguably tonight against the most threatening of the lot. It is also no secret that Wrexham will bring their noisy away following, which is expected to be one of 2,500 tonight in the Jimmy Sirrel Stand. An away attendance of that number combined with a packed-out KOP Stand can only lead to a special atmosphere, as you all can imagine it would be.
What we need to ensure tonight is that our boys are well-backed. In recent times frustrations have got the better of supporters, it can happen, and it has led to a ill feeling around the Lane. In games like this one, we need to make sure that is avoided. Every mistake should be encouraged, and we should be adding to the fire of the war on the pitch between the league’s two strongest outfits.
Luke Williams has said in the build-up to tonight’s game that his players need no motivating for this game as the reward for it needs no telling. We win, we go top and become the leaders and the chase for the pack trying to knock us off the top spot. I believe he have got enough to win this, you believe we have enough to win this and the squad and coaching team believe it as well.
So now, all that is really left for me to say is I wish you the safest of travels down to the Lane this evening, enjoy what is bound to be a tantalising occasion and here is to a huge three points. Come On You Pies!
*Article provided by K-Ci Rennicks (Notts County Correspondent).
*Main image @Official_NCFC will it be celebrations again under the lights tonight.