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Wrexham boss Keates not understating derby magnitude

Dean Keates insists his Wrexham side will be well-prepared for their 'massive' cross-border derby clash with Chester on Wednesday.

Currently third in the National League standings, Wrexham could feasibly move level with league leaders Dover Athletic with a win at their arch rivals.

The Reds' lofty position stands in marked contrast to the lowly Blues who are mired in the bottom four.

Keates would not be drawn to comment on Chester's plight, in a campaign that has seen managerial upheaval at the Blues and just three wins from their 18 games this term.

Instead, the Reds manager preferred to focus on the excitement and tension engendered by the eagerly-anticipated fixture.

"Obviously a lot's happened at Chester in the early part of this season and I'm sure things haven't gone the way their fans expected or hoped" he added.

"But it's not for me to comment on what goes on there or to talk about their results.

"My job is to focus solely on Wrexham Football club and try to bring success here by winning games like the one on Wednesday.

"Everyone knows what this game's about. It's a massive derby for the people at this football club, for all of our fans and for everyone in the town.

"Obviously, it's a game you look out for because of what it means to everyone here and the extra importance of a derby.

"But as a manager I'll be treating it just like all of our other league games this season, making sure our preparation and focus is right and trying to come away with a positive result.

"It's hard to say what type of game it'll be in terms of Chester's approach to it, but both sides will be desperate to do well."

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