GRITTON HOPING FOR RECALL
Stags striker hoping on recall
CHAD website, 29 March 2007
ON-LOAN Stags striker Martin Gritton is hoping for a recall to help Mansfield Town get back on track at Wrexham tomorrow.
Gritton only played the last half-hour as a substitute during last weekend's home defeat by Macclesfield and said: "We know what is expected of us at Wrexham.
"We want a positive result after the way the last two games have gone.
"It is difficult to put a finger on why we have lost the last two after doing so well against good teams.
"There are a lot of factors. Looking at the league, these were teams we should have got points against - but they are fighting for their lives.
"We have crept out of that so maybe we have taken our foot off the pedal.
"I have been to Wrexham with Grimsby and Lincoln in the last couple of season and it is always a difficult place to get a result.
"But we must turn in a better performance if nothing else."
Gritton scored a rush of goals early on in his loan but lost his place as the goals dried up.
"That's football," he said. "That's the way it goes at times. If you are not getting the opportunities or things are not going for you then you can expect there are going to be changes.
"We do have a lot of competition for forward places here. So it is up to me to show I can put the ball in the back of the net again and contribute."
Stags duo struggling to be fit
CHAD website, 29 March 2007
INJURED Stags stars Jake Buxton and Jon D'Laryea are still struggling to be fit to face struggling Wrexham at the Racecourse Ground on Saturday.
Buxton (knee) and D'Laryea (ankle) were both missing from the side that lost 2-1 at home to Macclesfield Town last Friday.
And neither were back in training today with just one more day to go before the squad heads for Wales.
"It is touch and go with both of them," said assistant manager Paul Holland.
"Both have worked very hard with the physio all week and given themselves the best possible chance.
"But if they are not right then we won't risk them for one game just to miss the rest of the season. They are 50-50 right now."
Wrexham are in the bottom two, despite last weekend's fine win at Bristol Rovers.
But home form at the Racecourse Ground has been poor with four defeats and three draws in the seven games since the turn of the year.
"I have seen Wrexham a few times. They have a new manager in Brian Carey who was an old-fashioned centre half so I can imagine his team will be up for it and realise this is a massive game for them.
"That will put pressure on them which could be an advantage to us.
"Wrexham are renowned for their home record but they have slipped up at home since Christmas and we have to make sure we are not the side that allows them their first home win of the year."
He added: "We have worked very hard this week. The lads realise the last two performances were not good enough.
"We have worked very hard to get out of trouble and there a few tired legs and tired brains in the dressing room.
"But our mentality has to be to finish as high up that table as possible."
On-loan midfielder Bryan Hodge will be in later today after returning from playing two games with Scotland U20s in Canada.
He will train with Stags tomorrow and have his fitness assessed.
With advance tickets just £5, a big crowd is expected at the racecourse on Saturday.
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