Thursday, 24 April 2008

Brogan aims to come back better

Rotherham United midfielder Stephen Brogan believes he will return from injury a better player.

Brogan has been out since January with a broken leg but says his absence has given him a new hunger for the game.

"Playing for Rotherham was my dream as a young lad," said Brogan. "To get it taken away makes you appreciate it a bit more.

"I've got that hunger to get fit and I will be working hard to get back into the team and back to my best."

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Penney anger at fans' negativity

Darlington boss Dave Penney has hit out at the negative feeling surrounding the club following their failure to secure automatic promotion to League One.

"The area has to get real and realise that we've had a good season. It's eight years since this club last got into the play-offs," he told BBC Tees.

"I got to the play-offs as a player with Swansea and manager with Doncaster and those towns were buzzing.

"We stick together as a group and we'll try and have a great season here."

Before March the Quakers were in a prime position to gain automatic promotion but injuries to key members of their forward line saw the goals dry up and form suffered.

With nine-goal striker Pawel Abbott set to return, Penney hopes to have more firepower available for their play-off involvement.

"With Pawel he's been out for five weeks with a tight hamstring and like Richie Foran we'll ease him back in," he said.

"He trained Monday and Tuesday and he'll train the rest of the week.

"He might play an hour on Saturday but the main game for Pawel Abbott is not tomorrow, it's the first game of the play-offs."

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Wrexham boss plans squad shake-up

Wrexham boss Brian Little admits relegation from the Football League feels "horrible" but says he has to be ruthless if the club is to bounce back.

The Dragons were relegated after losing 2-0 at Hereford on Tuesday night.

"It's horrible," said Little. "Tonight is about hitting the bottom and it's now about looking at the club in the future.

"I know I can't be nice to too many people at this moment. My job is to be ruthless and sort the team out."

The relegation comes 30 years to the day after Wrexham sealed their first promotion to the second level of English football - the highest division the club has played in.

But they have been flirting with relegation all this season and even Little's arrival in November could not save them from dropping into the Blue Square Premier.

And he admits he has a tough task to bring the club back into the Football League at the first attempt.

"We've seen quite a few teams [in the Blue Square Premier] already who we know are better than us," said Little.


"It's down to somebody to choose people who come into the club.

"That person is me and I will be judged on that and I accept that and if I don't get it right, then I accept someone else deserves the opportunity because Wrexham is too good a club not to bounce back quickly."

"I sampled this horrible feeling 20 years ago [with Darlington] and in the last few weeks I've started to be able to feel it again.

"But it's a feeling that motivated me, set me on a road to football management and winning things and I hope tonight is the starting point for the team to bounce back."

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Alexander dismisses drop worries

Keith Alexander has calmed fans' nerves by insisting Macclesfield's precarious position does not worry him.

"I am not worried - the teams below us have got to win, everybody has got to win at this stage of the season," the Macc manager told BBC Radio Manchester.

Macclesfield are four points clear of the League Two drop zone with two games left - the final one at rivals Chester.

"We've got two difficult games coming up," said Alexander. "But I knew it was going to be difficult when I came in."

The Macc boss added: "If one or two of the players have got a bit complacent because they've been doing okay, I don't know.

"But football always has a habit of kicking you in the teeth if you get complacent, so we've got to be right for the Chesterfield game and certainly Chester in two weeks' time."

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Roberts rallies relegated Wrexham

Neil Roberts says Wrexham's relegation from the Football League is painful but believes they can bounce straight back from the Blue Square Premier.

"It's hard to take... hopefully the other lads are hurting just as much as I am," said the club captain, 30.

"You never really consider this position being linked with Wrexham but it's happened now and we all need to stay strong.

"It's easier said than done, but hopefully we can bounce back stronger."

Roberts, who has hit eight league goals this season, was born in Wrexham and came through the club's youth system before making his name with Wigan.

The striker returned to his home-town club in July 2006, rejoining on a free from Doncaster, and expected to be part of a successful squad at the Racecourse Ground.

But four season's of off-field turmoil - sparked by the club going into administration in December 2004 under former owner Alex Hamilton - have undermined Wrexham's attempts on the pitch.

That culminated on Tuesday night with a 2-0 loss at Hereford, ending Wrexham's proud 87-year membership of the Football League.


"I came back to hopefully be part of a winning side and the last two years have been tough," admitted Roberts, adding that he had faith in manager Brian Little's ability to restore their fortunes.

"The manager's got his own views on what he wants to do and hopefully he'll get the backing, I think he will be the right man for the job to turn it round."

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Fry determined to keep Posh stars

Peterborough United's director of football Barry Fry has said that only a "ridiculous" amount of money will buy any of the club's top players.

With Posh already promoted to League One, the club's management are bracing themselves for a barrage of interest in their top talent.

But Fry said: "Everybody's got a price, but our price for our players is ridiculous and no one will pay it.

"We don't want to sell, we're building a side to take us through the leagues."

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Langmead left waiting for result

Shrewsbury Town are awaiting news on the scan on Kelvin Langmead's mystery knee injury.

Langmead, who has missed the final part of the season, has been out of action for a month after the injury flared up against Notts County on 24 March.

The Shrews defender told BBC Radio Shropshire: "My concern is trying to get fit for the pre-season in case it flares up again.

"It's my body telling me I need a rest. Being injured is horrible."

Manager Paul Simpson, who has become concerned at how slowly Langmead's knee has been to clear up, has said he won't risk the player again this season.

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