Gary Mills: Wrexham 'ready' for Boxing Day game says manager

By Aled WilliamsBBC Wales Sport
Gary Mills
Gary Mills succeeded Kevin Wilkin as Wrexham manager in April 2015

Wrexham manager Gary Mills wants his players to enjoy Christmas Day but be ready for the Boxing Day game against Southport.

Mills has not asked his players to report for training on Christmas Day but to prepare in their own time.

The Dragons are eighth in the National League ahead of Southport's visit.

"We'll enjoy our Christmas day but there's always the game on your mind the next day and that's got to be the way," Mills said.

"Christmas is important but the players know they've got to go out and do a bit on the local park.

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"I don't see the point of players driving an hour here to do that. I know they'll come in ready on Saturday and win another game."

Southport have won three of five games since Dino Maamria was appointed manager in November.

Wrexham will travel to Haig Avenue for the return fixture on 2 January after a visit to FC Halifax Town on 28 December.

"It's very critical for us to pick up some results and get some more points," Mills added.

"Christmas time is always a challenge and we're professional people and have to prepare in the right way."

Wrexham have no fresh injury concerns ahead of Southport's visit.

Mills said Javan Vidal was "two or three weeks" ahead of schedule after groin surgery with the defender expected to return by the end of January.