JAMES JENNINGS hopes making FA Cup progress will have a positive impact on Wrexham's woeful National League form.

Tuesday's 1-0 home defeat against fellow strugglers Chesterfield saw Dean Keates' side drop into the relegation zone, with the Reds only winning one of their last 13 league games.

Wrexham face a re-match with Chesterfield at The Proact Stadium in Saturday's FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie and Jennings says victory will give the Reds something to build on when they continue their quest to pull clear of trouble.

"It is not a league game but hopefully we can get one back on them," said Jennings.

"We want to win the game. The league is more important, we have got the distractions of the Scottish Challenge Cup, the FA Cup and we are coming into the FA Trophy but at the end of the day we need to start winning games and get that winning mentality back.

"It becomes a habit then and hopefully things will start turning our way."

Although Jennings feels Wrexham are better than their 21st placing suggests, the left-back admits the league table doesn't lie.

"Everyone is well aware that we shouldn't be in the position that we are in," said Jennings.

"I feel like we are coming away from games and going 'they weren't great, how did we not get something out of that'.

"I don't think there is anyone who has come here and torn us apart, and we've not gone to other places and been opened up - bar Hartlepool - and been the worse team.

"You look at that but at the same time you have got to be realistic, the table doesn't lie.

"We have got to stick together and make sure we get back on track."

Wrexham made a good start but after Chesterfield took a 32nd minute lead through Michael Chambers' own goal, the Reds never really looked like scoring an equaliser.

Jennings knows there are issues at both ends of the pitch that need sorting.

"We started the game exactly as we planned, looked to get on the front foot and set the tempo," said Jennings.

"There were some good passages of play and we were on top.

"They didn't really hurt us but then a ball comes over the top and it is a bit of a killer blow. You can't really legislate for stuff like that.

"It is an individual error and when you are down there and things aren't going your way, you don't get much luck.

"Second half we played some good bits of football; there were a few chances but maybe we should have worked Shwan Jalal a little bit more.

"We couldn't get that goal and ultimately, we are not killing it off in both boxes."