WREXHAM manager Denis Smith concurred with the sponsors of Tuesday night's 1-1 draw at York City that home goalkeeper Alan Fettis served up a man-of-the-match performance to deny the visitors their first league win in six outings.
Fettis pulled off a series of fine saves to keep his team-mates in the hunt following an early strike by Steve Roberts - his second goal in the space of a week - and Peter Duffield's late equaliser punished Wrexham's failure to kill off their opponents.
"You'd have to say it was cracking entertainment but their keeper's had one helluva game and on another night Lee Trundle might have had a hat-trick," said the Dragons boss. "That's football, though, and at least we bounced back from the last couple of results where we've not been ourselves."
Following Saturday's lacklustre performance against Lincoln City at the Racecourse, Smith had promised to ring the changes and he recalled Brian Carey and Trundle to the starting line-up at the expense of Dan Bennett and Lee Jones. And he took some consolation in that both played their part in a much-improved display.
"I thought the lads I brought in, Carey and Trundle, were outstanding," he added. "Besides that I felt there were very few poor performances and normally when you play like that you'd win. I don't know how many shots we had on target but it must be 15 or 20. Normally, when you have that much play you would expect to take the points."
Most of the Wrexham players and their 300-strong band of travelling fans believed Fettis was fortunate to finish the game, claiming he handled the ball outside the penalty area to deny Andy Morrell what would have been a match-winning goal, but Smith said he had not seen the incident clearly.
"We needed that second goal and everyone tells me the keeper was outside the box when he handled the ball as Andy tried to put it over him, but it doesn't matter if the linesman or referee doesn't give it," he said.
"Those sort of things are frustrating and then for them to score more or less direct from a corner is disappointing, but we've got to get on with it."
Until Duffield's late goal, Smith claimed his side looked in control, saying: "There were some good performances and it was a lot, lot better."
Bennett came on after just 15 minutes when he replaced goalscorer Roberts, who suffered a hamstring injury minutes after giving his side the lead.
"We do have competition for places," added Smith.