DEAN KEATES is on the lookout for new signings to give Wrexham a boost in their relegation fight - and that means players could be exiting The Racecourse.

Tuesday's 1-0 defeat to fellow strugglers Chesterfield at The Racecourse saw Wrexham slip back into the drop zone, leaving the Reds with just one win in 13 National League games.

The players were booed off the pitch following the final whistle by supporters who are concerned about the position the club finds itself in after 17 matches.

Keates admits he needs to bring fresh faces in to give Wrexham a boost in their bid to climb away from trouble, with players heading in the opposite direction.

"I understand the frustration of the fans," said Keates.

"We have to make sure the group lifts themselves - that is all of us - and then that lifts the fans.

"Over the next few weeks I will look at trying to add additions to come in and strengthen the squad.

"Fresh faces will give people a lift.

"I will sit down with the board. I have been in charge a week now, had three games, whether one or two fall by the wayside and we have to freshen it up, that will be the case; that is my job."

Keates, who suffered a first defeat since returning for a second term as manager, would not reveal which areas he is looking to strengthen.

"There are players being offered and there are players being circulated," said Keates.

"One or two are not in the positions that I am looking at but I do feel there are a few areas that need strengthening."

A defensive error gifted Chesterfield the only goal of the game as Michael Chambers tried to head the ball back to Rob Lainton but ended up finding his own net.

Although they got into some good positions, Wrexham didn't create too many clear cut chances and Keates admits there are issues at both ends of the pitch that need addressing.

"It's not just the three games I have been in charge, I have looked back at the games before I came here," said Keates.

"It sums up the season; between the two 18 yard boxes, technically they are decent football players and play decent football but you have to be ruthless in football.

"That is what you do in the two 18 yard boxes. In your own you don't concede and in the opposition's you take your chances and we have not done that."

Although they were the better team until going behind, the goal knocked the stuffing out of Wrexham and Keates was disappointed his side did not threaten a second half equaliser.

"We spoke about it at half-time, could we replicate the first half performance in the second half," added Keates.

"We kind of went away from that a little bit.

"We made the subs trying to change it but they picked up a few more second balls and we didn't really get wide quick enough, get balls into the box and make them defend."