DEAN KEATES admits Wrexham were “nowhere near good enough” as they lost 3-0 against title chasing Forest Green Rovers.
Wrexham, who have now lost two games in a row, were well beaten in the end and hardly troubled Forest Green goalkeeper Sam Russell, with Keates disappointed by the standard of performance.
“Performance wise not good enough and result wise obviously disappointing,” said Keates.
“You could feel a little bit of tension around the place and the first goal right on the stroke of half-time is massive, it gives them a lift going in at half-time.
“It comes to something when even their bench starts laughing at the decision that’s given, turning around to say it’s not a free-kick.
“The message at half-time was don’t give the referee a decision to make, he is all over the show, and we gave them a penalty two minutes straight after.
“It’s an uphill task and at that stage it was always going to be hard.”
Wrexham, beaten 2-0 by Gateshead the previous weekend, had in-form goalkeeper Chris Dunn to thank for keeping the scoreline down as Forest Green threatened more goals.
It was a disappointing display and Keates added: “One game has gone, there are eight more for the lads in the building to stake their claim to be at the football club going forward.
“Last week we played well but didn’t really take our chances and didn’t win the game.
“Today we were nowhere near good enough other than Chris Dunn.”
On loan left-back James Jennings, who reached the play-offs two seasons in a row with Forest Green before joining Cheltenham Town last summer, felt Wrexham never got a foothold in the game after going behind.
“It was disappointing, I thought for 40 minutes we kept them quiet and they weren’t really hurting us,” said Jennings.
“They had one shot, Chris Dunn made a great save, but other than that the fans started to get a bit frustrated with them.
“But then we conceded a goal. It was a bit of a soft free-kick to be honest and as soon as they got that first goal, they got a bit of momentum and afterwards we didn’t get near them for the rest of the game.”
Jennings, who will be available at Barrow tomorrow night before starting a three game ban, added: “We are disappointed with ourselves because we didn’t really play any football.
“We played a good team against Gateshead, dominated a lot of possession throughout the game but weren’t clinical enough.
“Then to come to a team like this who are doing well up there, we are a little bit disappointed, a lot of things didn’t go our way.”