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The start of a new season usually brings optimism and hope, but it honestly doesn’t feel like it on the evidence of the preseason matches. Only the most rose tinted spectacle wearing Dons fans could feel positive right now.
We yet again look sterile upfront with Leko and Eisa struggling to dominate even National League defences. Dean, despite scoring a decent effort in PSF1 and Dennis, are not getting a look in. Our number nine shirt remains unfilled on the eve of a new season, and that speaks volumes of where we are in terms of development.
The defence has capitulated twice at home in two games, shipping eight times and looking as fragile in confidence as it did last season.
We honestly don’t know what to expect from the Dons in the opening league game simply because we haven’t fully understood what we are actually trying to do.
We’ve focussed on improving fitness, levels, and stamina, but it’s been at the expense of refining game play. Training before a game doesn’t sound like a thing that’s likely to be productive, but we understand it will leave us in a better condition when we play just the fixture on Saturday.
The expectation is The STōK Cae Ras will be a cauldron of noise, passion, and high octane emotions. The Dragons have been waiting for this day for 15 long years. They’ve been building for this since Hollywood cruised into town.
Our support needs to be on top form tomorrow, and with the away stand sold out (1165) and a sell out home crowd its going to be quite an atmosphere.
The players will need to stand tall and stand together. Expect a storming opening from Wrexham, they will use their very vocal support to carry the players. They will be looking to open their league campaign with a win.
They have a winning mentality and have had their own way for almost two seasons with records tumbling and rarely losing. Any doubts over their owners’ intentions have vanished, and the Kop redevelopment coupled with the promotion has united the club like it hasn’t been in years, and they will be desperate to maintain their upward trajectory.
I’m expecting several debuts for us with MacGillivray, Norman, Williams all starting. I’d add Gilbey to a second spell debut (poetic license). Alexander favours a 4-3-3 start, but with big hints that the MK way will not be a fixed or rigid thing here’s Luke Paynes choice.
Possible Starting Eleven
2 Norman, 4 Tucker 5 O’Hora 21 Harvie
6 Williams 8 Gilbey 17 Robson
7 Leko 10 Eisa 11 Holland
We travel in hope and tempered expectations.