Sam Ricketts admitted the 1-0 home win against ten-man Hartlepool United was Wrexham’s worst performance of his time in charge – making the three points even sweeter.
Luke Young’s long-range first-half strike proved the difference, but Wrexham were put under plenty of pressure as the visitors chased an equaliser, despite their captain Andrew Davies being sent off.
Ricketts admitted the team had not responded as well as he would have liked to playing against ten men but did believe the Dragons should have sealed a more comfortable win.
“It was head and shoulders the worst we’ve played this season,” he admitted. “The fact we’ve won the game when we’ve played, by our standards, as badly as that, is a really good trait.
“I’m not happy with the performance at all, but I’m absolutely delighted with the three points.
“You’re on a hiding to nothing when you play against ten men. You’re expected to dominate the game.
“To be fair, they moved the ball really well and took some more chances at the back – defended 1v1 – and we didn’t take full advantage of that.
“Playing against ten men shouldn’t really change our philosophy at all. We got a little bit caught up in trying to hurt them really and we didn’t hurt them enough second half.
“Saying that, we had three or four really good opportunities to score the second goal and when you don’t, it becomes a real scrap.”
Young’s goal was his third in five games, all from long distance, and Ricketts hailed the midfielder’s recent purple patch as one of the positives to emerge from the game.
“Youngy is in a real rich vein of form,” he added. “He strikes such a nice ball – I’ve been telling him to shoot all season and all of a sudden he’s got a bit of confidence to do so and he’s proved the match winner.”
Wrexham now turn their attention to Gateshead, with the seventh-placed Heed Army travelling to the Racecourse for Saturday’s National League fixture.
The Dragons go into the fixture, which kicks off at 3pm, level on points with Salford at the top of the table – behind only on goal difference. For tickets and information stay tuned for our match guide.