EMBLAZONED across the back page of Brighton's evening newspaper on Saturday was the headline: 'We are not a one-man team', which was Brighton manager Peter Taylor's response to the start of a threematch ban for striker Bobby Zamora.
But the former England caretaker boss may have to revise his opinion after watching his promotionchasing outfit being given the runaround at the Withdean Stadium for long spells by a Wrexham side battling to stay in the second division.
Zamora's firepower was a key element in Brighton's promotion last year and his 22 league goals so far during the current season have taken the Seagulls to the brink of another step up the ladder.
But in his absence on Saturday, the home side's line-up, which had netted a total of just seven goals between them, were firing blanks and Wrexham's one point should, in all honesty, have been three.
The Red Dragons can take some consolation from the fact that, although they were not given a prayer, they became the first side in 13 months to prevent Brighton from giving their fans a goal to celebrate, but they were disappointed that the home side were given the benefit of two crucial refereeing decisions that could have tipped the game in their favour.
The first came in the 19th minute when goalkeeper Michel Kuipers failed to control a back-pass from Robbie Pethick, and as the ball trickled towards the goal-line, he prevented an own goal by diving backwards to clutch it on the line.
Referee Mark Cooper appeared to wave on play until the linesman's flag alerted him to the offence of handling a backpass. Arguably, Kuipers had denied Wrexham a clear goalscoring opportunity - a sending-off offence - but there was not even a caution and Wrexham's paltry reward was an indirect free-kick on the six-yard box, which even Darren Ferguson was unable to steer through a wall of players after Steve Thomas touched the ball to him.
And the Brighton 'keeper was also involved in the second contentious incident after 75 minutes when Craig Faulconbridge beat him to Ferguson's lofted pass and headed the ball towards an empty net before being clattered by Kuipers.
Some officials would have given a penalty but, even more unfortunately for the Wrexham striker, the goal-bound ball was held up slightly in the swirling wind, giving defender Danny Cullip the opportunity to make up ground and hook it away to safety from under the crossbar.
So what might have been three points for the visitors was one, much to the disappointment of 19-year-old Shaun Pejic, a third-year scholar, who came off the bench as a 27th-minute replacement for the injured Brian Carey.
The youngster more than played his part in a solid defensive performmance and earned a pat on the back from manager Denis Smith, but Pejic said afterwards: "I thought we were a bit unlucky not to win.
"We had a lot of possession so we should have taken more out of the game. I think we were slightly disappointed but, at least we took a point and we need as many of them as we can at the moment."
Pejic, whose only previous appearance this season came in a 3-2 win at Peterborough United, added: "The first ten minutes were a bit dodgy until I'd warmed up and got into the game but after that I was pretty comfortable. They didn't cause us too many problems and it was quite an easy match."
For Brighton boss Taylor, the only consolation for a belowpar performance from his players was that results elsewhere went in their favour. But he acknowledged Wrexham's defiant display by saying: "It was a frustrating afternoon and both teams cancelled each other out.
"Wrexham showed their passion by coming here and getting a point, which not many teams have done this season. But, although it was a disappointing day, it was not tragic because other results were kind to us and we have to be pleased with our position at the moment."
In Zamora's enforced absence, Taylor gave 18-year-old Chris McPhee his league debut and, while the youngster was given the man-of-the-match tag, he rarely looked capable of breaching Wrexham's rearguard, all of whom played solidly and sensibly throughout.
And what chances were thrown up in the game fell almost exclusively to the visitors on an afternoon when the blustery wind and a sticky playing surface made conditions extremely difficult.
A 16th-minute free-kick gave dead-ball specialist Ferguson Wrexham's first opportunity but Kuipers proved equal to the challenge, turning his shot over the bar for a corner and when Wayne Phillips got beyond the home defence after 33 minutes to cross, Faulconbridge's first-time effort was also competently saved.
At the other end, Marius Rovde has rarely had an easier afternoon, although he was nearly closed down by McPhee as he delayed a clearance and it was Kuipers who was kept busy, saving from Michael Blackwood six minutes before the break after Dennis Lawrence had headed on a Ferguson corner.
Brighton enjoyed a spell of pressure from the restart with Rovde making his first save of the game after 54 minutes when he parried Richard Carpenter's fierce effort and was then relieved to see Paul Brooker drive the rebound high over the bar, but Wrexham survived and once more took the initiative.
Shaun Holmes picked out Faulconbridge, whose header dropped for Phillips on the edge of the penalty area, but the midfield man delayed his shot, which was deflected behind by a covering defender before Hector Sam, who struggled to cope with the bumpy pitch, drove another effort just wide.
Blackwood, another player who flitted in and out of the action, had two opportunities in quick succession, choosing to go for goal on both occasions without success and Faulconbridge also missed out on a half-chance when Cullip slipped but did enough to make his clearance.
Having played so well, Wrexham were good value for a point, but Brighton almost snatched victory four minutes from the end when Paul Watson's corner was met by Simon Morgan and it needed a goal-line clearance from Jim Whitley to prevent what would have been a travesty of justice.
BRIGHTON: Kuipers; Watson, Cullip, Morgan, Lewis, Hart (Lee, 33), Brooker, Carpenter, Melton (Steele, 62), Pethick, McPhee. Subs: Mayo, Oatway, Jones.
WREXHAM: Rovde; Whitley, Lawrence, Carey (Pejic, 27), Holmes, Phillips, Ferguson, Thomas (Trundle, 77), Sam (Edwards, 79), Faulconbridge, Blackwood. Subs: Sharp, Walsh.
Bookings: Wrexham's Thomas.
Referee: Mark Cooper (West Midlands).