Wrexham assistant manager Graham Barrow insists the Dragons deserved even more from their FA Cup tie against Newport County, after a goalless draw forced a replay with the League Two club.
Stuart Beavon had a shot cleared off the line and Bobby Grant forced a fine save from Newport’s Joe Day but the Dragons could not quite seal a cup upset.
But Barrow – who took charge of the match with Sam Ricketts absent – said he could not have asked any more of the players.
“I usually think the performance will get you the result and unfortunately it didn’t,” he said. “It got us a result, but not the result we were looking for.
“After the kind of day everyone’s had at the club, it’s been difficult for everybody but it shows the character of the team. I don’t think you would know who the league team were and who were the non-league team.
“When lads hit the target, which is the most important thing, we can’t really fault anybody. It’s just a shame we didn’t get the result because it felt like a real cup tie night.
“I thought we played the more composed football in long spells. People like Mark Carrington showed absolutely quality. He has a football brain probably above the level he is at.
“We just lacked that final touch, but I can’t fault the two lads up front and obviously the defence have been absolutely superb.”
Barrow also hailed the leadership of captain Shaun Pearson and paid tribute to the Wrexham fans – both on the night and since arriving in the summer.
“Shaun Pearson is immense off the field in the dressing room and, on the field, he is immense too. He’s my kind of guy and the rest join in,” he said.
“He’s a credit really and we’re lucky to inherit that – that sound base that did quite well last year.
“It’s been a tough day and it’s a bit sad that it came to that. I’ve been there [as caretaker manager] before and, at the end of the day, I work for the club. When they asked me to take the match there was never a second thought.
“The passion about the club has always impressed me, so I was only too pleased – I just wish it was different circumstances.
“These last few weeks – a big crowd last week, a big crowd today – it doesn’t get any better, does it? It’s what I’m in football for and what makes it tick for me.
“I think the atmosphere was the biggest lift the players could ask for.”