PHIL PARKINSON admits Wrexham were victims of their own downfall before eventually rescuing a point against Chesterfield.

The Reds made a bright start but after going behind in the sixth minute, totally lost their way.

There was an improvement in the second half with Wrexham scoring a late equaliser through top scorer Paul Mullin, and Parkinson's men almost scored a stoppage time winner as Aaron Hayden struck the crossbar.

Parkinson accepts his side had been nowhere near good enough in the first period.

"Obviously we were disappointed with the first half in particular, I felt they played the conditions a lot better than us," said Parkinson.

"It was a horribly blustery night, we tried to play but we played too slow.

"We didn't play past their press quickly enough or with enough quality and we played too much in our own half.

"If you do that against a team who is pressing like they were, you inevitably invite pressure and we didn't mix our game up enough and with enough quality on the night.

"I was disappointed with how we played first half and sometimes when the away team get the goal, they slow the game down but I thought we responded well in the second half.

"I was delighted to get the point and it could have been all three in the end. It was a good response."

Parkinson identified areas his side needed to improve after the interval.

"We said at half-time what we needed to do and we rectified it to a certain degree. We were better," said Parkinson.

"Mix the game up. Be more expansive when we got the ball, the wide centre-halves had to be wider so when they stepped in they went past their front two or front three as it was, and get the ball into our front players with more quality.

"We just had to play in their half more. Football is about playing in the opposition half and we never really got enough quality in the final third to play and get periods of pressure in that first period.

"Just up the intensity of our game and we did better in the second half.

"It was never going to be a kind of pretty football game because of the way they set up and the conditions."