Danny Looking the Part in Role-Playing Game
Byline: By DARREN DEVINE Western Mail
Wrexham boss Denis Smith believes Danny Williams has emerged as one of the club's best defenders after being converted from midfield. Smith says Williams' impressive displays in an unfamiliar centre-back role have been one of the major plusses of the Red Dragons' season so far.
And Williams seems certain to continue in his new role in tonight's League Two outing against Rushden & Diamonds after forcing centre-back Dave Bayliss onto the bench in recent weeks.
Smith said, 'Danny's fitness levels have come on tremendously since he came here (Williams arrived at the club in the summer of 2004). 'There's still work to be done with him and I think he can do better and improve.' Following his return to fitness, Jim Whitley has been playing the holding midfielder's role previously occupied by Williams. And Smith believes Williams' height (6ft) and solid frame means he is blessed with the ideal raw materials to become an outstanding centre-back.
'The lad's got a lot going for him to play that position well but I will change things as situations dictate,' he said.
The Dragons are now playing catch-up with their promotion rivals after the postponement of Saturday's game at Macclesfield Town due to a frozen pitch left them with three games in hand. Smith was disappointed to see the contest called off, though his team remain well-placed to claim a play-off place.
'I would prefer to have played and have the points in the bag,' he said.
'We will end up playing four games on top of one another, which could be a problem with a small squad.
'The easy way is having one game every week with the odd one in midweek. But this could now be very difficult for us.
'But the target will always be automatic promotion. That's still possible and as long as it's possible we've got to try to achieve it.'
The Macclesfield postponement gave Wrexham's new strike pairing Matt Derbyshire and Sam Williams, respective loan signings from Blackburn and Aston Villa, an extra day's training to work on their partnership. …