CITY ended their eight-game winless run in League Two with an acca-busting 1-0 victory at Wrexham yesterday.

T&A chief sports writer SIMON PARKER was in north Wales to see a gutsy result and provides the match stats and his player ratings.

MAN OF THE MATCH Sam Walker has the proud honour of being the first visiting keeper to leave Wrexham with a clean sheet in 52 league games.

He earned it with a couple of decent saves in the first half and looked confident and commanding in dealing with Wrexham’s multiple long throws and corners.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH Andy Cook showed great mental strength and sheer bloody-mindedness to shake off his penalty miss and bulldoze through to score just minutes later.

MOAN OF THE MATCH Cook’s penalty was a poor one and his latest spot-kick miss must raise the question about who will be put on the spot next time.

TACTICS Graham Alexander made two changes to the starting line-up from last week’s stalemate with Wimbledon.

Andy Cook was recalled after being bench for that and deadline-day signing Calum Kavanagh made his first start. They were joined in a front three by Harry Chapman as City again went with a 3-4-3 set-up.

Kevin McDonald dropped to the bench as did Jake Young, who had missed most of the week’s training with a swollen ankle.

REFEREE: Ben Speedie (Liverpool)

BOOKINGS: Platt, Alexander, Gilliead, Tomkinson (City)

ATTENDANCE: 12,447 (1,153 from City)

SHOTS ON TARGET: Wrexham 5 City 8

SHOTS OFF TARGET: Wrexham 12 City 2

CORNERS: Wrexham 11 City 3

FOULS: Wrexham 5 City 19


WREXHAM: Okonkwo 6, Hayden 6, Tozer 6, O’Connell 7, Barnett 7 (Bolton 70min), Cannon 6 (Jones 80min), Evans 6, McClean 6 (Mendy 88min), Lee 7, Mullin 6 (Marriott 80min), Fletcher 6 (Dalby 70min). Subs (not used): Cleworth, Howard.

CITY: Walker 8, Tomkinson 7, Platt 7, Kelly 7, Halliday 7, Smallwood 7, Gilliead 7, Richards 6 (McDonald 41min, 7), Kavanagh 6 (Young 65min), Chapman 5 (Oduor 65min, Stubbs 90min), Cook 7. Subs (not used): Smith, Pointon, Doyle.