JORDAN PONTICELLI held his hands up and admits he should have scored as Wrexham slipped to a disappointing home defeat to Maidenhead.

The Reds were looking to build on Saturday’s excellent 1-0 win at Yeovil but lost by the same scoreline 48 hours later against a Magpies side who arrived at The Racecourse sitting bottom of the National League after losing their opening three games.

Trailing to a first half goal, Wrexham created a number of chances after the break but those missed opportunities proved costly in the end.

Ponticelli, who had a goal ruled out for offside and also squandered other chances, took his share of the blame.

“I have been out injured but it is no excuse, I am a striker and I should be scoring,” said Ponticelli, handed his first start of the season after recovering from a hamstring problem.

“Whether it is my chances or other chances, it cost us the result.

“I have to take that on my shoulders, I should definitely have scored.

“People know what I can do; having a couple of weeks out doesn’t help but I always back myself to score and I am disappointed in myself.

“But I will move on and I will take the next one.”

Ponticelli insists Wrexham never took Maidenhead lightly as the Reds slipped to a second defeat of the season.

Having also squandered chances in last week’s 1-0 loss at Solihull, Ponticelli believes Wrexham, who have won their other two matches, could have a far better record.

“Going forward against Maidenhead, we created a lot more than we have in previous games so it should have been three points,” said Ponticelli.

“We never went into the game thinking it would be easy. Maidenhead had a bad result on Saturday but what the gaffer showed us, they had a bag full of chances before they started to concede so we knew that they had a bit about them.

“We just couldn’t get that goal.

“We have had good results against good teams but personally, I think we should have a 100 per cent record at the minute the way we have played.”

Ponticelli is looking to make amends when Wrexham face newly promoted Wealdstone at The Grosvenor Vale Stadium on Saturday.

“We all know that we should have won with the chances we had,” said Ponticelli.

“We will move onto the next game and we know we are good enough to get three points.

“We have shown that against the good teams so we have just got to put this behind us and hopefully get three points at Wealdstone.”

Ponticelli, who joined Wrexham on a permanent basis in the summer from Coventry City after a loan spell with the Reds last term, was hampered by a hamstring problem in pre-season.

Having made a full recovery, Ponticelli is glad to be back with the games coming thick and fast.

“It is always frustrating for a player to be injured,” added Ponticelli, who scored two goals in five Reds appearances before last season was ended abruptly because of the coronavirus crisis.

“Pre-season is probably the better time to do it as there are no important games.

“I was looking to get back on the bench for the first game of the season and then back into the starting XI which is always great.

“It’s nice to be back fully fit and putting a shift in for the lads.”