The three points gained in the relegation dogfight against Notts County amounted to the ideal Christmas present. The Reds are now within range of Chesterfield in 20th spot, but it is still difficult to be totally confident and optimistic about the team's survival chances.

I find it slightly disturbing that Wrexham not only have the worst goal difference in the second division (-26), but that five of their six league victories have come against teams who were positioned in the bottom-four when the Reds encountered them (Bury, Wigan, Cambridge, Northampton, Notts County). The only other scalp was QPR - and they were hardly setting the world on fire in mid-October.

It goes without saying that if this trend continues, and Denis Smith's side is unable to compete against outfits in the top half of the table, third division football will be a reality come August.
 
There were some positive things to come out of Wednesday's game, but not many.
 
Hit man Trundle found the back of the net after a long drought; the experienced Phillips proved an able deputy for Ferguson as midfield anchor and skipper; Thomas dribbled and drifted to good effect; and Lawrence put in a calamity-free 90 minutes - for once.
 
I'm delighted the Red Dragons go into today's game with Reading on the back of a one-match winning run, but it would be extremely naïve to believe the performance against Notts County was the stuff of which heroic rearguard efforts to stave off relegation are made.
  
Gibson looked out of sorts on the right flank; Whitley - my player of the season so far - had a seriously below-par game; and Rogers' catastrophic early gaffe confirmed the goalkeeping crisis is as real as ever, if any confirmation was actually required.
  
But it wasn't just individual performances that worried me. The quality of Wrexham's corners and free-kicks remained predictably poor - as did much of their basic passing and interplay. On some occasions, two or three red-shirted players went for the same ball; on others, opposition players were given plenty of room to exploit.
 
Let's face it: on this kind of showing, Smith's men will find it very hard to pick up points against decent sides - something they will have to do if they are to escape the drop.
 
I noticed something else as well. I walked into the Racecourse on Boxing Day expecting a passionate, hell-for-leather clash between two teams fighting for their very existence in the second division.
 
I'm not really worried about Notts County - who were dire in every conceivable way - but I was surprised by the Wrexham players' body language.

To me, there was something slightly pedestrian about their festive efforts, whatever the final result.
 
Drive and urgency were in short supply, and I remain to be persuaded that motivation levels are as high as they need to be, given the desperate circumstances.
 
"STAYING UP! STAYING UP!" roared the Kop after Trundle's late winner, but at the moment I certainly wouldn't put my mortgage on it.