KIERAN KENNEDY insists Wrexham won't be feeling sorry for themselves following the Barrow debacle and the players need to get their act together in the push for promotion.

Wrexham suffered a second successive defeat on Tuesday as they lost 3-1 at home to Barrow who scored three times before the break, Kennedy's second half goal merely a consolation.

Down to third in the National League and four points behind leaders Leyton Orient, Wrexham's advantage over the chasing pack has been cut but Kennedy says there is no time to sulk and the players need to put things right in the final eight games.

"You can't afford to sit and feel sorry for yourselves," said Kennedy. "You have got to pick yourself up and go again.

"The fans are out there supporting us every week and it is not acceptable to be putting on performances like that so we can't stay down.

"We have got to bounce back and show why we are looking for promotion.

"This is a big club and we have got a job to get it back to where it belongs.

"We are going to work as hard as we possibly can to make that happen."

Wrexham, beaten 1-0 by Orient in Saturday's top of the table clash, boast a superb defensive record but Kennedy admits the Reds need to stop leaking goals to get the promotion challenge back on track.

"We were gutted on Saturday and the Barrow defeat stung just as much," said Kennedy.

"We have got to find a way to win again and that starts with getting back to keeping clean sheets."

Kennedy insists the Wrexham players will be determined to bounce back and get back to winning ways when second bottom Maidstone visit The Racecourse on Saturday.

"What happens in the dressing room stays in the dressing room but we are all behind each other 100 per cent; all behind the manager, he is behind us," said Hughes.

"All the lads in there know exactly what went wrong and know we should be a lot better than what we showed.

"You can't expect other people to make you play better, you have got to find it within yourself.

"You have got to know where you went wrong and correct it yourself.

"We will all be backing each other to correct it."

Errors proved costly and Wrexham, who went behind after just three minutes were punished by Barrow.

"We just didn't show up, especially in the first half," said Kennedy.

"The first goal rocked us but we have got to show better character than that to get back into it.

"We can't ship two more before half-time, it is not acceptable.

"Hopefully we can turn it around on Saturday and work hard for the rest of the team."

Kennedy, who joined Wrexham in January after leaving Shrewsbury, scored his first goal for the club when he got on the end of Luke Young's free-kick late in the contest.

But getting off the mark for the Reds mattered little to Kennedy.

"The goal doesn't mean anything," added Kennedy.

"Obviously it is nice to score but when you get beat, I would take a clean sheet all day over a goal so I am just disappointed."