LOSING against play-off rivals Notts County was disappointing but putting together an attack for the final 12 games will give Dean Keates a bigger headache.

Wrexham went down 1-0 to the Magpies as the Reds suffered just a second defeat in 15 outings.

Keates' side - without injured striker Kwame Thomas who faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines - took the game to County and created a host of chances in the first 20 minutes.

But after Jordan Ponticelli - Thomas' replacement - went off injured on the half hour mark, Dior Angus was left as the only recognised striker and Wrexham were far less of a threat.

The Magpies didn't look like scoring but they broke the deadlock 10 minutes from time following a corner.

Wrexham, down to seventh in the National League, will aim to bounce back at home to title-chasing Torquay on Monday.

Here's how the players rated:

ROB LAINTON: Didn’t have anything to do as County rarely threatened a goal but beaten on set-piece. 6

TYLER FRENCH: The Reds’ defence dealt with everything thrown at them apart from the goal. 6

SHAUN PEARSON: Wrexham’s back three were solid but they switched off at the set-piece and County scored. 6

THEO VASSELL: Kept County at bay but was stretchered off with late in the game with nasty head wound. 6

REECE HALL-JOHNSON: Has made more of an impact on the wing, had stoppage-time chance. 6

JAY HARRIS: Was in the Magpies' faces during bright start and made crucial goalline clearance. 7

LUKE YOUNG: Played a big part as Wrexham took the game to Notts County and was full of energy. 7

JAMIE RECKORD: The wing-backs have been more of a threat this season. 6

JORDAN DAVIES: Had a couple of early chances during Wrexham’s excellent start. 6

JORDAN PONTCELLI: Really looked up for it and in the thick of the action when he went off injured. 6

DIOR ANGUS: Made a bright start but not as effective after losing his strike partner. 6


ELLIOTT DURRELL: Brought on to play unfamiliar role. 5

DAN JARVIS: Should have been introduced sooner. 5

FIACRE KELLEHER: A late substitute. 5