THE poor run of form continues but Phil Parkinson couldn't fault the effort of his players after Wrexham slumped to a 1-0 defeat against Bradford City at The Racecourse.

Andy Cook scored a 90th minute winner, not long after the striker saw his penalty saved by goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo, to condemn the Reds to a fourth successive loss in all competitions.

Three of those have come in League Two and Wrexham are now fifth in the standings, nine points behind leaders Stockport County with a game in hand.

Parkinson's men dominated the contest and had the better chances but lowly Bradford ran out winners as Wrexham suffered a first league loss at home since the opening day – when Bantams manager Graham Alexander was in charge of MK Dons who triumphed 5-3.

It also ended a run of 51 successive league games when Wrexham have scored at The Racecourse and Parkinson said: "It hurts.

"We dominated the game, first half in particular I thought we were excellent.

"We did everything we set out to do against their 3-4-3 system; we moved the ball well and goT in some great positions but we just couldn't find the moment.

"The way we played justified us coming a goal, if not two, ahead.

"It was probably as good a first half performance as we have put in for a while.

"Second half, I thought we were still the better team and the team who looked most like scoring but we didn't produce the real quality from crossing or getting into better positions when the ball came in the box.

"We know we are in a period where it's not going our way but the lads have given us absolutely everything.

"We just couldn't find the moment to unlock the door to lift everybody, but it was certainly no lack of effort."

Wrexham, targeting a second successive promotion, have 17 games remaining with the next fixture away to second bottom Sutton United tomorrow night.