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Red Dragons are made to pay for sloppy errors

THE normal smiling face of Denis Smith was deadly serious as he faced the music after another home defeat.

THE normal smiling face of Denis Smith was deadly serious as he faced the music after another home defeat.

There wasn't a flicker of a smile as the Wrexham manager said "We're not good enough to dominate games against teams near the top of the league. We're not good enough to do that - but we shot ourselves in the foot."

Smith might have added it was both barrels because he saw errors leading up to the goals City scored in a seven-minute second-half blast.

The first was credited to City defender Danny Coles but Smith later revealed it was an own goal by Steve Roberts.

The killer second goal was superbly put away by striker Tony Thorpe but Smith pointed two of his midfielders going for the same ball.

"It was always going to be tight," said Smith. "But goals change matches and although luck is not going for us, you make your own luck in this game."

That wasn't exclusively down to Wrexham in a desperately disappointing first half. Neither goalkeeper had much to do for 45 minutes but the imposing presence of 6ft-plus Mike Stowell haunted Wrexham after the break.

Stowell rejected a move to Wrexham after being released by Wolves in the summer to take up a playing and coaching job at Ashton Gate.

And the big 'keeper frustrated Wrexham with a competent, almost effortless ball-stopping display, once City had got their breakthrough goal.

Stowell spilled a shot from Lee Trundle who never stopped running for Wrexham and then Roberts went agonisingly close with a back header from Kevin Sharp's corner.

But Stowell made another save from Trundle look a lot easier than it was. That was about as close as Wrexham came but they were chasing shadows once City had scored.

Roberts was deemed to have deflected Aaron Brown's free-kick past 'keeper David Walsh and then Thorpe ran 40 yards to score a second seven minutes later and there was no way back for the Red Dragons.

Michael Blackwood had a goal disallowed for offside after Trundle's clever back-heel had put him in.


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