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Wrexham and Newport County: Tuesday Night Previews

Paul Mullin says Wrexham will strive for perfection in their 11 remaining matches – although the striker admits they are unlikely to achieve it.

Mullin scored twice last weekend, but Wrexham were held to a draw, 2-2, at Maidenhead, only the third time this season that the 28-year-old had scored and his team had not come away with all three points.

In fact, the first signs of possible cracks appeared at the top of the National League at the weekend as both Wrexham and Notts County failed to win. County drew 1-1 at Bromley.

It means it’s as you were at the top, with Wrexham having a one-point lead over their rivals and having one game in hand.

On Tuesday night, Mullin and his teammates are at 10th-placed Dagenham and Redbridge, while Notts County have a night off.

Mullin, who has scored 29 league goals so far this season and 37 in all competitions, says: “It doesn’t matter what happens with Notts County, we just need to win our games and concentrate on that.

“That is all that is important to us. There aren’t many games left, but we will try and take maximum points from them all.

“That is not likely in football but we will try our best.”

Looking ahead to the clash with the Daggers, Mullin added: “It is another away game and it will be tough.

“We will give our all again, work as hard as we can and hopefully come away with the three points. That is all that matters at the moment.”

A look at Dagenham and Redbridge’s recent form suggests it will not be an easy midweek mission for Phil Parkinson’s Dragons.

The Daggers have won three of their last four games, including a shock 2-1 victory at Notts County two weeks ago that enabled Wrexham to overhaul the Magpies at the top.

While Wrexham showed signs of a stumble, Newport County’s recent revival in League Two was exposed as fragile as they lost again, this time at Salford.

Their chance to get back on the horse also arrives on Tuesday when they visit Grimsby who may have their minds elsewhere after their recent FA Cup heroics in reaching the quarter-finals of the competition.

A week after dumping Premier League Southampton out of the Cup, Grimsby were distracted enough last weekend to lose 2-0 at Carlisle, but Newport manager Graham Coughlin insists his side cannot rely on the hosts’ preoccupied dreams about beating Brighton to reach the semi-finals.

“We definitely need a reaction following the game at Salford,” said Coughlan. “Grimsby have done well in the Cup and they are a dogged team.

“They are a Paul Hurst team and we know what is coming so it’s up to react to that and rectify Saturday’s result.

“We need to do our own jobs and make sure our own house is in order; we need our players to step up and perform to give us a chance. We need to look after ourselves and not be thinking about others.”

Newport’s back-to-back defeats to Sutton United and Salford means they are still not free of relegation worries, but with 13 games to go they can go above Grimsby if they beat their hosts.

But inconsistency is a County trait at present – they have won two, lost two and drawn two of their last six matches.

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