GAP Connah’s Quay player-manager Mark McGregor is considering dropping himself for his side’s live S4/C televised clash at home to The New Saints on Saturday (3.45pm), writes Paul Wheelock of the Flintshire Chronicle.
The vastly experienced former Wrexham, Burnley and Blackpool defender blamed himself for last Friday’s 4-1 defeat at Prestatyn Town – a result which cost Nomads the chance of going top of the Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League.
The 35-year-old is now weighing up taking himself out of the starting line-up for the hotly anticipated S4C encounter with the defending champions and current league leaders.
McGregor said: “There will be changes and I’ve got to decide if I’m worth my place in the team.
“I blame myself for the defeat at Prestatyn. I should have gone more defensive. The players didn’t let me down but I let them down as a manager.”
Promoted Nomads have made a superb start to the campaign, winning four of their first seven games and a host of admirers for their attacking approach.
The Huws Gray Alliance champions have scored 20 goals but it is the amount they have let in – 15 – that is beginning to worry their boss.
McGregor said: “We’ve conceded eight goals in our last two games and we just can’t afford to do that.
“But I’m sure we won’t be conceding four goals on Saturday. We need to be solid and still be in the game at half-time.”
McGregor is under no illusions as to the size of the task facing Nomads on Saturday.
The full-time Saints have won their last three matches 3-0, 5-0 and 2-0 and are showing ominous signs of moving into top gear.
I blame myself for the defeat at Prestatyn. I should have gone more defensive. The players didn’t let me down but I let them down as a manager
But McGregor will be boosted by the return of inspirational captain Craig Jones from a three-game ban and main striker Gary O’Toole from a groin injury.
Teenage sensation Rhys Healey is pushing for a starting place after he stepped off the bench to notch a late consolation against Prestatyn, which took his tally for the term up to five.
Nomads have invited every member of the club’s highly successful Academy to attend the match and help create a good atmosphere at the Deeside Stadium. Parents of Academy players can get into the game for the reduced price of £3.
A skilful and pacy winger from the Nomads U12s team has become the eighth player from the Academy in the last three seasons to sign for a professional club. Dominic Elsey-McHugh has earned himself a contract at Premier League outfit Stoke City.
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