Dean Keates reflected on the loss to Chesterfield, which saw a dominant first half performance overshadowed by a Michael Chambers own goal.
The standards set in the first half were struggled to be replicated in the second, as the Reds failed to make many meaningful chances.
Keates was aware of Wrexham’s faults and knows a win on Saturday in the FA Cup is vital into gaining some momentum in up and coming fixtures.
“It was frustrating. I thought in the first half we played some decent football, a lot of half opportunities but we didn’t really make their keeper work hard enough.”
“We moved it quite well, a good tempo and played on the front foot. In the second half, I thought the tempo dropped a bit and we didn’t really create much at all.”
“I thought we dealt with their strengths. The own goal is an own goal, it’s frustrating and when you’re down those kind of things go against you.”
“[The players] are low. We spoke about it at half time to try and replica the first half’s performance in the second half, but we went away from that a little bit. I made subs to try and change that, but they matched us up with the diamond.” Keates attempted to alter the course of the game by bringing on the flair players of Mark Harris, Ben Tollitt and Akil Wright. “They won a few more second balls and we didn’t get the ball wide quick enough, to then get balls in the box and make them defend.”
The Reds looked comfortable and solid, as they reunited themselves with the diamond formation. However, chances at the top of the pitch seemed to be waning.
The Dragons did have one big chance through Luke Summerfield though, which Keates believes would have made the difference in the tie. “The one that hit the post has to be a goal. We had a lot of half opportunities… We have got to make their keeper work, but we didn’t do that enough.”
When asked about player morale, Keates responded with honesty and awareness of the upcoming fixture. “They’re a little bit down, but we’ve got to lift them, we’ve got to go again on Saturday. It’s the FA Cup, we go again to Chesterfield and it’ll be a very similar game, but we’ve got to come out on top.”
“It’s a football match, whether it’s the league or the FA Cup or the Scottish Cup, we need to win a football match… That’s what we have to do, win a football match on Saturday.”
After three games in charge of the Reds, with a draw, a win and a lose, Keates was asked to reflect on his time back with the club and the current state of affairs that Wrexham had found themselves in.
“I think maybe it was when I came in and that’s the reason I came in, to make things change. It’s not good enough where we are, I’m fully aware of that and we have to make that change. First and foremost, we need to get the club to where it needs to be and start looking at the league table.”
“I’ve looked back at the games before I came in and it probably sums up the season. Between the two 18 yard boxes, technically they’re decent football players, who play decent football, but you have to be ruthless in football and that’s what you do in the two 18 yard boxes”
Keates knows the abilities and qualities that his squad possesses and is fully committed to dragging Wrexham out of the relegation zone. Results on the pitch will be vital in harmonising the club once more.
Wrexham will take on Chesterfield once more on Saturday 19th October in the 4th Qualifying Round of the FA Cup, in a bid to seek revenge after the 1-0 lose at the Racecourse. For more information, visit our match day guide.