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Murray ready for Wrexham battle

19 April 2013

Assistant Manager Adam Murray says that it would be the best moment of his life, if we defeated Wrexham at One Call Stadium tomorrow to become Blue Square Bet Premier champions.

Murray, also our inspirational captain, has played a significant role in our climb to the league summit in recent weeks, having featured in every game since the turn of the year.

He said: “I’m not going to lie; promotion would be the best moment of my life! It’s something I want more than anything and I’ll be making sure I put everything into the game.

“I’ve got a real connection with this football club, so it’s going to be a big moment for me. We need to make sure that we go at things full-throttle and all guns blazing.

“It’s a huge game and we’re 90 minutes away from achieving the ultimate [aim] for any footballer, so we’ll be throwing everything at the game, leaving nothing in the tank.”

Our side have encountered contrasting emotions in the past seven days due to two dramatic matches, where the pendulum of the title has swung back-and-forth.

Last Saturday, on an afternoon when we could have won the title, we suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at Braintree Town, and ended a gut-wrenching day one point behind title-rivals Kidderminster Harriers.

But after the despair of defeat came the ecstasy in victory, as Matt Green’s last-gasp strike in a pulsating clash at Hereford United in midweek, fired us back to pole position.

“This last week has summed up football,” stated Murray. 

“After Saturday, we were really down in the dumps and it was hard to take. It was one of those games where we just didn’t get going. 

“I watched it back a few times and it was literally stop-start and we never got into any kind of rhythm. I think all the lads had a bad weekend, but we put things right at Hereford.

“I’ve been playing football for 16 years and you wait for two minutes like that and it’s worth it. Afterwards, the lads were talking and it was a feeling of ecstasy.

“But the big thing is we’ve had to quickly come straight back down to earth. We’ve achieved nothing yet and we know that we’re going to have to be on our mettle to beat Wrexham.

The Dragons, managed by Andy Morrell, booked their place in the Play-Offs with a home win over Cambridge United last week, but are currently blighted by injuries.

Nevertheless, Murray isn’t too concerned about what side the Welsh outfit may field tomorrow.

“Wrexham are a very good side with a group of players that are amongst some of the best in the league. They have got a strong management team too.

“Whatever side they put out, it’s going to be a strong one. No team is going to come here and lie down, which is why we’ll need to be at the top of our game.” 

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