DEAN KEATES hailed his record breaking Wrexham side after setting a new club record for clean sheets.

Second half goals from Scott Quigley and Nicky Deverdics sealed a 2-0 cross border derby victory against arch rivals Chester, with the Reds keeping a 20th league shut-out of the season.

Keates believes Wrexham, now up to fourth in the National League, deserved three points.

"It is massive," said Keates. "I think everybody needed to just settle things down.

"Twelve games unbeaten, it gets highlighted a lot of draws, but against our bitter rivals I think it sends the 6,000 fans home happy that were here.

"A lot of frustration early on in the first half, I think you could hear that spill over from the terraces going onto the pitch.

"We had a chat with the lads at half-time just to settle them down and just give us another 10 per cent more and I think they did that second half.

"I thought we shaded it first half and we were definitely the better team second half.

"We got what we deserved in the end, three points, and happy for the lads that they have got 20 league clean sheets for the season and set a new club record."

Striker Quigley scored his seventh goal in eight games since joining on loan from Blackpool, finding the bottom corner with a superb finish.

"Scott was brought in to score goals," said Keates. "First half he wasn't his usual standard and we asked for a little bit more and second half he was a bit more like his old self.

"That kind of finish, that is what he does. He is equally as good with his left foot as he is with his right foot.

"He took it early and scored."

Keates also praised Deverdics who joined Wrexham from Hartlepool in the January transfer window.

"I am delighted for Nicky," said Keates. "He is still finding his feet.

"There were one or two moans when he gave the ball away first half a few times.

"Frustration from the stands got onto the pitch a little bit but I thought second half he put some good balls into good areas and he slotted in the second goal."

Keates is hoping a hip injury that forced Manny Smith off early in the contest is not serious.

"It is something we have got to manage, we have got six days for it to settle down and we will see how it goes," added Keates.