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Dragons not getting lucky breaks, says Smith

WREXHAM manager Denis Smith believes his relegation-threatened side are not getting the lucky breaks.

WREXHAM manager Denis Smith believes his relegation-threatened side are not getting the lucky breaks.

The Red Dragons are still rooted firmly in the drop zone after Saturday's disappointing 2-2 home draw with Swindon Town - and Smith said last night that there is nothing he can do about it.

Smith believes Wrexham are playing well enough to climb the table but they just aren't getting the breaks during games.

"I can't change anything because the team is playing well," said Smith. "If we were playing badly then I could do something about it.

"We know we are a decent side and that we shouldn't be in the bottom four.

"If we carry on playing like we're doing then I know we won't stay in the bottom four. I expect our results to change.

"Until we're winning people will be cynical about us. Call me an old romantic but I look at how we play - that's how I judge a team and we're playing well.

"You can play badly and get results but that never lasts. I've been in the game a long time and I know that if you're playing well then the results will come."

Smith takes his injury-ravaged team to Gigg Lane tonight to take on Bury, another side battling to stay in the division, in a classic six-pointer.

Wrexham are six points behind Andy Preece's Bury but Smith knows the deficit should have been cut down to four on the weekend.

At The Racecourse Wrexham were 2-0 up against Swindon with only 16 minutes remaining but the Robins fought back to come away with a share of the spoils, their equaliser coming in stoppage time.

"We missed a penalty and had eight clear-cut chances. It was a game we should have won," added the former West Brom, Bristol City and Oxford manager.

"We're better than the table suggests. Swindon are in mid-table and we embarrassed them.

"I've got to keep the players' heads up. They've got to accept that things will turn for them. They are missing chances but that's down to confidence.

"If they had confidence they'd be putting the ball in the net instead of hitting the post."

The Red Dragons' nine-year stay in the Second Division is under real threat - they are six points from safety but have 14 games to save themselves. However, Smith will be aware that most of their rivals have one game in hand over his side while Cambridge and Northampton have two.

"We can get out of trouble. I was in a much worse position when I went back to Oxford for a second time and we managed to stay up," said Smith.

"In my experience there is always one team that gets sucked into the relegation zone and one that climbs out. We can be the one that climbs out.

"Those who say it's all over now are talking out of their backsides."

Midfielder Stephen Roberts (bruised foot) and striker Lee Trundle (ankle) will both have fitness tests this morning to see is they are fit enough to face the Shakers.

Bury, who propped up the division three months ago, will be buoyed by their weekend victory at Blackpool where forward Gareth Seddon claimed the only goal after eight minutes.

But with the club on the brink of being taken over, and chairman Tony Robinson yesterday resigning, Preece's players could be distracted for this vital clash.

And one Bury player who might have other things on his mind is goal-keeper Paddy Kenny who was last night told he was up for sale with a £2m price tag slapped on his head.


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