RICKETTS | "I’m Bitterly Disappointed In The Result But Not In The Performance"

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 24 Nov 2018

Wrexham boss Sam Ricketts says justice was not done as the Dragons conceded two late goals to lose at home to league leaders Leyton Orient.

Orient scored twice in the final five minutes after the Dragons had missed some good opportunities to break the deadlock – thwarted by a combination of poor finishing and Dean Brill’s goalkeeping.

Ricketts said the performance was among the best of the season – making the defeat even harder to take.

“Obviously I’m bitterly disappointed in the result but not in the performance,” he said. “I thought we were very good, very controlled.

“We were the better team but in any game you need to take chances. We had some really, really good chances and we didn’t take them.

“We’re a good side and today has re-emphasised that. We didn’t get the result but we got the performance.

“We said before, win the game and we’re not promoted and lose the game and we’re not not promoted. That’s still the case now.

“Obviously we’re bitterly disappointed because we gave ourselves an unbelievable chance to win the game with the level of performance. It’s probably worse when you play really well and don’t get the result.”

The defeat was Wrexham’s first in 12 games, and also the first at the Racecourse of Ricketts’ reign.

But the Dragons boss insists the records and sequences are not of concern – with attention already turning to bouncing back against Barrow.

Ricketts also confessed Leyton Orient had executed their gameplan well, but reiterated how different the result would have been had Wrexham taken their chances.

“I’m not worried about the unbeaten run ending,” he said. “All I’m worried about is winning the next game.

“Just one mistake, from a set piece, has cost us the game. The second goal is irrelevant – we were chasing the game by then – but the first one is the one that really hurt us. We did more than enough to get the first goal and we just couldn’t quite score.

“Dean Brill’s saved two really good chances – Rekeil in the first-half, and Shaun’s header in the second-half. They’re a good side, don’t take anything away from them, they came with a game plan and they were good.

“We were excellent for the vast majority of the game and created some good chances but didn’t take them.”

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