Wrexham 1 Bury 1
WREXHAM striker Chris Llewellyn is facing a four-match ban following his second sending-off of the season against Bury on Friday evening and will also be hit with a substantial club fine for his lack of discipline.
His two-footed challenge on Shakers’ midfielder Jason Kenndey was blatant and was condemned by manager Brian Carey, although the Racecourse boss had a tad more sympathy for defender Ryan Valentine, who was also red-carded for a late lunge on Darren Kempson.
Welsh international Llewellyn committed a similar foul to earn his first dismissal of the season against Bristol Rovers back in October.
Carey said: “I had no disagreement with Llewellyn’s sending-off whatsoever and it cost us dearly. I’m totally disappointed in him because it happened before and he’s just not learned his lesson.
“Ryan’s challenge was more reckless than anything but I can’t really comment on that one until I’ve seen the video.
“Having said all that I don’t think the referee helped the situation because of a lot of things that went on tonight and both the managers were in agreement about that.”
Reduced to nine men for the final 30 minutes of the game, the Dragons defended Lee McEvilly’s first-half opener until the second of four minutes of added time when Glynn Hurst grabbed an equaliser for the visitors.
“I’ve told Chris he let everyone down this evening but we had a great reaction from the other players. They played their hearts out for the cause and I don’t think anyone could have cause for complaint about their effort,” added the Dragons boss.
And captain Neil Roberts admitted the late equaliser was a cruel blow.
“We were disappointed to concede the goal so late but that said something about the performance and we felt we deserved the three points,” he said.
“Personally I thought we were going to hang on, even though they put us under a lot of pressure, because we defended through the team from the front to the back.
“We have been trying to play too much football but I felt the attitude and the performance from the lads was top class.”
With defender Steve Evans midway through a five-match ban, the Racecourse skipper said two further suspensions were a major handicap.
It’s a massive blow because Ryan and Chris are two big players for us and we are going to miss them,” he added.
“But it’s happened, we’ve got to get on with it and it’s up to the lads who come in to replace them to make sure they perform and try to keep their place in the team.
“There were some positives we could take from the game, particularly the fact that we didn’t lose. The fans were superb too and it shows the support we have got here.
“I think we are a massive club, which is in a false position, but that’s down to the players because we haven’t performed well enough this season.
“Tonight, though, we showed the supporters what it means to us to stay in this league and I’m hoping we get the same level of support at the next home game because you could see the difference they made.
“If we show that sort of attitude in every game people will continue to come.”
Carey, who hailed the remaining players as heroes, singled out Lee McEvilly and Robie Garrett, who raced 80 yards late in the game but failed to finish for what would have been a memorable goal.
“All nine of them were heroes this evening,” he said. “If you look at the second half we probably had the best chance when Robbie Garrett ran the full length of the pitch and we could easily have won the game 2-0 but it hasn’t happened.”
“Lee’s got four goals in the past couple of weeks, he’s on a good run of form and his attitude has been absolutely terrific,” he added. “He’s a big player for us now.”