Play-offs hold no fear for Wrexham boss Andy Morrell

Morrell nervous of holding Trophy

Andy Morrell says Wrexham will be better prepared for this season's play-offs - but stressed he has no intention of putting that prediction to the test.

Winning the Blue Square Bet Premier and with it the one automatic promotion spot is Morrell's firm objective.

Wrexham, who lead the table with 11 games remaining, have failed in the play-offs for the last two seasons.

"A few of the players have been through it twice so we don't want it to happen again," said player-manager Morrell.

"If we have to go through the play-offs I feel I'm more experienced in the way I'll approach games.

"Hopefully we can put that experience right and go up and do ourselves justice. Let's not worry about that yet, let's worry about putting more points of the board and see where that takes us."

Wrexham lead Kidderminster and Newport by three points at the top, but another two teams are firmly in contention in a congested title race.

Newport, who won for a fifth game in a row on Tuesday, have two games in hand on their fellow Welsh club, as do Grimsby, who are a further point behind.

Kidderminster had chalked up seven straight wins before losing at relegation-threatened Gateshead.

"The amount of points team are picking up at the moment is unbelievable," added Morrell.

"So it's going to be really tight and it could go down to the last kick of the season. We'll worry about that if we have to. Let's try to beat Dartford and then we'll look to Lincoln on Tuesday."

Last season, Wrexham missed out on automatic promotion by five points as Fleetwood took the title with the second-highest points total (103) since the league expanded to 24 teams in 2006.

A second successive play-off defeat to Luton Town followed, but Morrell says the prospect of another shot at grabbing the second promotion spot holds no fear for him.

"I don't care how we get up as long as we get up," said the 38-year-old, who has scored three goals in 22 appearances this season.

"Obviously it's a little bit easier if we don't need the play-offs but if it has to be that way so be it.

"We've just got to put ourselves in a position where we're threatening. Our momentum is good at the moment and we've just go to keep that going. If we do that, we've got have a chance."

Wrexham are also in the hunt for a league and cup double, having reached the FA Trophy final where they will face promotion rivals Grimsby at Wembley on 24 March.

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