Kevin Wilkin: Cool heads key for Chester derby - Wrexham boss

Kevin Wilkin
Kevin Wilkin was appointed Wrexham manager in March 2014
Conference: Wrexham v Chester
Venue: Glyndŵr University Racecourse Stadium, Wrexham Date: Saturday, 7 March Kick-off: 13:00 GMT Coverage: Live on BBC Radio Wales and BBC Sport website.

Manager Kevin Wilkin says "cool heads" will be required if Wrexham are to beat cross-border rivals Chester.

Wrexham have not beaten reformed Chester in the three meetings since they returned to the Conference in 2013.

The Dragons are hoping for a crowd of over 6,000 for the Racecourse derby and Wilkin says his players must remain calm.

"You've got to play the game, not the occasion," Wilkin said.

"Play the game, make sure you're doing the best you can do, keeping a cool head at crucial times.

"If you can do that then you give yourself a great chance of winning the game.

"I don't think anybody needs reminding of the importance it everybody in the town and all concerned with the club.

"We've touched on it several times through the course of the week and people are under no illusions what it means and how much it will be for both clubs to win the game."

A campaign to stamp out hostilities between a minority of fans from both sides was launched in the run-up to the game.

Saturday's game has been designated as a "bubble match" with all away fans having to travel to the game on officially organised supporters' coaches.

Ben Heneghan scored a dramatic winner to give Chester a 2-1 victory over Wilkin's side in September.

Blaine Hudson had given Wrexham and early lead before Craig Hobson equalised and Heneghan's late winner.

"We did more than enough on the night to win that game," Wilkin said.

"When you don't take your chances it comes back to haunt you.

"We need to make sure when we create chances that we stick them in the back of the net."

Wrexham, who lost 3-1 at Gateshead on Tuesday, are 18th in the Conference, seven points behind 11th placed Chester.

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