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WREXHAM are on the crest of a slump. This was their fifth defeat on the bounce and there's very little bounce in Denis Smith's side.

WREXHAM are on the crest of a slump. This was their fifth defeat on the bounce and there's very little bounce in Denis Smith's side.

They are bottom of the Second Division and at the moment there isn't the slightest hint they will climb away from that position.

Smith who doesn't mince his words, came out of Wrexham's dressing room on Saturday and said, "I'm not happy at all. I know they've had three games in six days and we've done a lot of travelling. Those are the excuses - but I don't like losing. And if we are going to lose they have got to lose with a bit of spirit."

Smith couldn't have put it any plainer. He clearly was dissatisfied with Wrexham's lack of spirit on a day that tipped Bournemouth's way long before kick-off.

The Cherries have ground-shared with Dorchester Town since the beginning of the season and this was their emotional homecoming. Their part-finished new ground may have the long-winded name of The Fitness First Stadium at Dean Court. But it's aptly named because this was a piece of cake for the Cherries as they ran rings round Wrexham.

That was something Smith will never accept and it was hurtful for him as he saw waves of attacks sweeping over Wrexham amid all the hype of this first-ever league game in the new £6.5m stadium.

It was only a matter of time before the Cherries scored and the first goal came after 28 minutes of almost incessant pressure. Warren Feeney got the ball in from the right, Derek Holmes's dummy wrong-footed back-pedalling defenders and Brian Stock swept it home past 'keeper David Walsh.

There was the look of despair on some Wrexham faces - and worse was to come.

Smith felt Wrexham were still in with a chance if they could keep it to 1-0 but his fragile defence crashed again on the stroke of half-time. Little James Hayter didn't seem to have enough room to get a shot off but he did and it arrowed passed Walsh for 2-0. That effectively guaranteed Bournemouth three points and left Wrexham wondering where their next win was going to come from.

Smith reacted positively at half-time by making a double substitution. Michael Blackwood replaced Shaun Holmes so Kevin Sharp could drop into left-back and Wales under-21 international Stephen Thomas came on for Paul Barrett. Lee Trundle wasted a good chance of an early goal and it was all over bar the shouting as Bournemouth scored a tremendous third goal on the hour.


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