WREXHAM manager Denis Smith will demand greater commitment from his players after witnessing the end of an encouraging sequence of results at Loftus Road on Saturday.
A first defeat in five outings denied the Dragons an opportunity to move out of the relegation zone, which has been their home since last September, but the Dragons' boss recognised the setback for what it was and did not have too many complaints.
After watching his defenders cope for long spells with a bombardment from the opposition, he said: "They gave us problems in the second half. In the first, we did quite well and we caused them problems, but after the break they pushed us back and we stayed back.
"Considering we had three players up, the ball was coming back at us too quickly. The lads are as disappointed as I am because they've worked hard.
"But defending is hard work and at times the front players, who like creating things and scoring goals, are not over-keen on doing the other side of it.
"They did it, but not with any relish, and they have to realise when they come to places like this, they need to dig deep to get a result."
"The ball kept coming back to us, but I don't think they worked hard enough to give us a chance to get out. They didn't hold the ball up and they have got to do better."
The outcome had looked promising when Steve Thomas, with his third goal of the season, fired the visitors in front after just 66 seconds, and Smith was disappointed his side could not build on their advantage.
"It was a great start but I would have preferred-to make it 1-0 in the 90th minute," he added.
"We had to go on and take the game to them, but if you allow them to come at you all the time, things are bound to go wrong.
"It was disappointing when we conceded the first goal because the wall was a mess.
"Steve Roberts had just come off and he's normally the one in there organising things. There were too many in there and Marius (Rovde) was unsighted.
"And there was a mistake before the second goal when Dennis (Lawrence) let a ball go he probably shouldn't have, so we gave ourselves problems."
But Smith was pleased that Wrexham had not surrendered tamely and took a sideswipe at former Rangers' favourite Stan Bowles, who had forecast a 4-0 win for the home side.
"We've just had a good run and it would have been nice to carry that on. Nobody gave us a cat in hell's chance down here and the programme forecast was 4-0. That's the reason why he's still poor."
One worry for the Racecourse boss is an injury to Steve Roberts, who strained a tendon behind his knee. "It's a shame we lost Steve because I thought we looked solid in the first half," he said.
"Dennis had a good game, apart from his mistake, but that's always likely to happen when there is that much pressure."
Smith also praised the performance of goalkeeper Marius Rovde and reserved a special pat on the back for 35-year-old Kevin Russell, who came into the side for the suspended Darren Ferguson and completed 90 minutes for the first time in nearly four months.
"Marius did well with a couple of saves and the old man did all right for me in midfield," he said.