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WREXHAM manager Denis Smith is confident that central defender Keith Hill will accept a second month's loan at the Racecourse later this week.

WREXHAM manager Denis Smith is confident that central defender Keith Hill will accept a second month's loan at the Racecourse later this week.

The 32-year-old was Smith's first addition to the Dragons' squad, arriving from third division side Cheltenham Town, and will need to be re-signed in the next couple of days if he is to play at Bournemouth on Saturday.

Following Tuesday's 2-0 defeat at Reading, Smith said: "His loan is coming to an end but I think he'll definitely be with us next month. I'll speak to him before Friday and it will be sorted.

"He has done well, as have all the lads I've brought in, so I can't complain. They have got to lift the others who, before we came, had perhaps got used to being beaten." Smith admitted he was deflated by the Madejski Stadium reverse, where Wrexham matched their opponents for 70 minutes before conceding a goal to substitute Nicky Forster, a replacement for the injured Martin Butler.

"I think the lads deserved something and when you look at the way they worked they can't be criticised," he said. "They gave everything and we had possibly the best chance of the first half when their keeper made a good save from Trundle.

"We were caught out and Butler's injury was possibly the worst thing for us. Reading brought extra pace on and our legs were geting tired because we had a hard game on Sunday. The first goal killed us because we had to change it and have a go at them."

Wrexham were without illness victims Darren Ferguson and Steve Thomas, and Smith also brought back Brian Carey and Shaun Holmes.

"I feel sorry for the lads, particularly after the changes we made to the side," added Smith. "Brian Carey came in and did well for his first full game since injury and the two lads who came into midfield, Paul Barrett and Martyn Chalk, did tremendously well."

Although Tuesday's defeat was their third on the trot and kept Wrexham firmly anchored at the foot of the second division table, Smith remains confident he can mastermind a change in fortunes.

"I think it's looking good so I hope people write us off," he said. "I've been in tight spots before and these are a good bunch of lads and the way they worked at Reading proves that. We're getting hard games at the moment - there aren't any easy ones - but the sides at the bottom we've played we have beaten.

"If the lads carry on working as they did against Reading, the results will come, so that's what they've got to do. "I've got to look at what is actually happening in the club and I'm convinced things are going forward and in the right direction. People might not believe that."

Wrexham's youngsters travel to Yorkshire this evening for their FA Youth Cup second round clash with Farsley Celtic and the club have confirmed their next Avon Insurance Premier League home match with Wolverhampton Wanderers for Wednesday, November 14.


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