WREXHAM midfield man Matt Crowell was relieved his first-half penalty miss did not prove crucial as the Dragons held on for a 2-1 Racecourse win against basement side Chester City yesterday.
The Wales under-21 international, who has scored twice from the spot this season, saw his 14th-minute effort saved by City keeper Paul Harrison, but team-mate Mark Jones later scored his 15th of the campaign to add to a Danny Williams' opener that cemented the home side's 2-0 interval lead.
"It was a good result for us," said Crowell afterwards. "I thought we played well in the first half, although the game was a bit more scrappy and a bit disappointing in the second.
"But the win was the important thing in this situation and it means we are a couple of points off the play-offs with a game in hand, so that's great.
"I have to admit it was the worst penalty that anyone has ever seen but we bounced back from that and Jonah's (Jones) goal was another super strike for us and put us in control."
Crowell hailed the influence of fellow midfielder Darren Ferguson, back from injury, during the game and added: "I love playing alongside him because he is a great player.
"I don't mind doing the donkey work for him and I don't think I've made so many tackles in my life as today. But it's worth it to get the points and we are all looking forward now to having a good end to the season.
"We've got a bit of momentum behind us now and we have got to keep it going and keep winning."
Boss Denis Smith admitted his side had things difficult for themselves, especially in a second half dominated by the visitors.
"It should really have been all over by half time," he said.. "Despite the missed penalty I thought we controlled the first half and looked fairly comfortable.
"It's the worst penalty Matt has ever taken and maybe that's because Matt Derbyshire was fighting him for the ball, which put him under pressure, but I thought Crowell had a superb game and that's the good thing. He missed the penalty but how you react to a bad mistake is important and he carried on well.
"Being at 2-0 is never an easy lead to defend and I think the lads were looking at what's happened to them in recent games when they've thrown it away, so they were a bit edgy.
"Perhaps Darren tired a bit in the second half and we didn't pass the ball anywhere near as well, but we still had the half-chances on the break and if we'd got the third goal that would have settled it.
"Matt Derbyshire had a couple of chances but he's struggling with a chest infection and that's not helped. But we passed the ball really well in the first half and I though Sam Williams was superb.
"In the second half we had to dig in a bit and we looked a bit nervy, but we got the three points and at this stage of the season that's all we needed."
Yesterday's win was Wrexham's first league success against Chester in 20 years but the Dragons boss added: "We beat them last year in the LDV competition, so I've played two and won two so I'll settle for that.
"This win means I can go out for a pint tonight without too many worries, unless of course we go to Chester."