Dean Saunders ponders Andy Morrell selection dilemma

LINCOLN CITY v WREXHAM - Blue Square Bet Premier

Venue:
Sincil Bank
Date:
Friday, 19 August 2011
Kick-off:
1945 BST
Coverage:
Live commentary on BBC Sport website and BBC Radio Wales (North FM)
Wrexham striker Andy Morrell
Saunders has tipped Morrell to score five goals in his first five games

Wrexham boss Dean Saunders will pick striker Andy Morrell against his better judgement for Friday's Blue Square Bet Premier visit to Lincoln City.

Having scored in the opening day draw with Cambridge United, Morrell netted twice in Tuesday's win at Bath City.

Saunders had planned to rest his 35-year-old striker, but Morrell's fine start has forced a rethink.

"How can I leave him out? I'd like to but when you're on a roll as a striker you just want to play," said Saunders.

"So I'll probably start him on Friday. I was going to leave him out.

"I was debating whether to play him on Tuesday and then play him on Friday. But he scored Saturday and as a striker goals tend to come in batches and I can't leave him out now."

Morrell scored twice in two minutes late on at Twerton Park on Tuesday night to ensure Wrexham's dominance was converted into three points.

The former Coventry and Blackpool striker accepts his age and competition for places will dictate he will not play in every game this season, but added: "If you are scoring you probably expect to stay in the side."

Having spent five hours on a bus to reach Bath City on Tuesday, the Wrexham players face another lengthy road trip to reach Lincoln.

Overnight stays before away games will be a rarity for the Dragons this season as they continue to battle against financial hardship.

"Not staying overnight probably saves us two or three grand," explained former Wales, Liverpool and Aston Villa striker Saunders.

"Over a season when you add it up, it's 20 or 30 grand we saved last season.

"We went to Crawley, which took us six hours, went 2-0 up and got beat 3-2.

"You just try to prepare properly as best you can. Especially with the older players, getting off a bus after five hours isn't ideal. But nobody moaned and we got on with it."

Saunders will again be without injury victims Dean Keates, Glen Little and Chris Westwood for the trip to Lincoln.

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