LEIGHTON MCINTOSH hopes he has played his way into manager Dean Keates' plans after scoring twice to help Wrexham reach the quarter-finals of the Scottish Challenge Cup.

Keates, back at The Racecourse for a second term as Reds boss, named a side made up of youth and first team players for the fourth round tie against St Mirren.

It was goalless at the break but Wrexham stepped up a gear in the second half and ran out 4-1 winners following McIntosh's brace and strikes from Devonte Redmond and Ben Tollitt.

McIntosh, who has found opportunities limited since making the summer switch from Airdrie, hopes his contribution has not gone unnoticed.

"In these games, we are getting an opportunity to showcase what you can do, especially with a new manager coming, so as a striker it is important to get goals and I am glad that I got two," said McIntosh.

"To get 90 minutes in the bank and get a couple of goals, I think I have shown a little bit of what I can do to the new manager.

"Hopefully it gives the manager some more options and who to look at for selection.

"All I can do is show what I can do when I am on the pitch and then it is down to the manager to see which is his strongest side."

Keates, who saw lowly Wrexham draw 1-1 against Harrogate in his first game back in The Racecourse hotseat, wasn't happy with the first half performance against a young St Mirren side but was pleased to register his first win since returning to the club.

"We want to win football games and that breeds confidence," said Keates.

"We won so hopefully it is another building block on top of Tuesday night's point and we will get ourselves ready for Chesterfield.

"It was nice to get a result, 4-1 second half and a half decent performance."