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Misfiring Moke unfazed as long as Dragons stay in honours battle; WREXHAM v SOUTHPORT RACECOURSE 3pm.

AFTER two weeks without a game, Wrexham will be looking to get back into the swing of things when they face Southport today, with winger Adriano Moke saying he doesn't care if he never finds the back of the net for the Dragons as long as his side continue to battle for honours.

The goals are being spread throughout the side this season, but while only three teams having scored more than the Dragons in the National League so far, only Moke and centre-half Jamal Fyfield of the regular outfield players have yet to find the net.

Moke, though, is unfazed by a lack of goals in his game, adding he is more concerned with the Dragons continuing to pick up vital victories as they look to edge themselves back into the playoffs.

Having reached the halfway point in their league term, Wrexham are eighth in the National League, just three points outside the top five, but have a game in hand on all their rivals with the exception of Braintree, who they were due to face at the Avanti Stadium last Friday night only for the game to fall victim to a waterlogged pitch.

Moke is pleased with his own contribution so far and feels he is playing the best football of his career so far, but is well aware he needs to keep up the high standards heading into the second half of the campaign.

"I think this is one of my best seasons heading into the New Year," said the 25-year-old. "My target was just to play well every week and I personally think, OK some games I have been quiet, but I have done a job for the team, and I think I have done alright.

"It is nice when the fans are saying I've been playing well, it is a nice thing to hear because I feel like I am doing my job and this has been one of my best seasons, well, half-seasons anyway.

"I am waiting for it (a goal), nearly everyone has got one, except for myself, but as long as I am doing the job and setting up the likes of Dom (Vose), Jenno (Connor Jennings), Tippy (James Gray) and all that, and as long as I am wearing the red shirt, because honestly I was talking to my mum about it and I was saying how proud I am to wear this shirt and I want to wear it for a long time hopefully.

"If I score then great, and I will probably go crazy, I don't really know what I will do. But I am working on scoring in training and I want to add goals to my game, but really my target was just to do the job for the team, keep working hard for the team and getting on the ball and making things work.

"I like the role I am playing, a little deeper, and I want to get even better at it. I feel like my strengths are that I can drive more with the ball into spaces, you saw at Tranmere, just to open teams up.

"I don't want people thinking I am arrogant, but I want to be the best player I can be and the best player in this team and I want people in this league to say 'that Adriano is a really good player', and as long as I am doing it for Wrexham that is great."

Wrexham missed the chance to move into the play-offs last weekend as their game in Essex was postponed more than six hours ahead of kick off.

The Dragons will now turn their attention to today's home clash against Southport, the first and only match in December at The Racecourse.

And Moke says confidence is high within the Dragons camp at present, adding: "We have been on a good run and everyone has been really positive, and we want to keep that positive mindset all round the training ground and now we have to prepare ourselves for Saturday.

"It is a winnable game, we are just looking forward to playing because confidence is really high. Fair play to Southport they are in good form, but we are in decent form ourselves, and I can guarantee now teams will be looking at us and thinking 'Wrexham have been doing really well', but we are not afraid of that and we need to keep doing what we are doing."
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Date:Dec 26, 2015
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