Jason Taylor was pleased with how Barrow AFC refused to let injuries derail them as they produced an excellent display in defeating Wrexham on their own patch on Tuesday night.

The 32-year-old, who usually plays in midfield, captained the Bluebirds in their 3-1 win at the Racecourse Ground from the unfamiliar position of playing in a back three, due to absences leaving them thin on the ground in defence.

From slightly further back than normal, he witnessed what was arguably AFC’s best performance of the season in the first half, as three unanswered goals left the promotion-chasing Dragons stunned.

But they did suffer some adversity during the contest as Dior Angus was forced off a quarter of the way through the game, while Jack Barthram was hurt in a poor tackle from former Bluebird Akil Wright within a minute of being brought on as a substitute.

What summed up how well Barrow rolled with the punches in North Wales, however, was the sight of Jack Hindle instigating the move that led to Jacob Blyth making it 2-0, just after replacing Angus.

Taylor said: “Obviously, tonight we’ve had to make a few changes during the game because of people getting injured, Barts and Dior. Everyone who came on stuck to their task well and it was a great finish by Blythy – I’m buzzing for him because he’s been waiting for that goal, the lad.

“He’s gone in there, attacked that front stick and got across his man, great finish.”

Wrexham didn’t make the transition from midfield to defence an easy one for Taylor, as they repeatedly pumped the ball towards the Barrow box the longer the game wore on, with a swirling wind making defending high balls difficult.

“It was the same for both teams,” Taylor said, adding: “It was just that they were a threat off set-pieces. They had a few big boys and they attacked it well.

“That’s how they scored and, to be honest, I thought that was the only way they were going to score tonight, off a set-piece or a throw-on, or corner.”

With veteran Steve Jennings patrolling the defence in the middle of the park at Wrexham, Taylor formed an effective barrier alongside Dan Jones and Kyle Jameson, as the Bluebirds comfortably saw out the second half.

Taylor said: “To be honest, it’s quite boring because there’s not as much running for myself, but obviously it worked tonight and it doesn’t really bother me.

“Obviously, I talk a lot and being in the middle of the back three, that was perfect for me, organising, pushing and pulling people where needs be.”