DEJECTED Wrexham's league campaign ended on a disappointing note as rejuvenated Huddersfield made sure they the hosts sign off in League One with a victory.
Tuesday night's heartbreaking defeat to Brentford had sealed the Dragons' relegation. And for long periods on Saturday it seemed as if that was still fresh on the minds of the Wrexham players, who have battled to the very end.
The same applies to boss Denis Smith, too, who last week won a manger of the year poll on BBC Radio Five Live.
Smith said it was understandable that his troops were low after the loss to the Bees. But he said the Racecourse's second biggest attendance of the season deserved more.
He said: 'We played as badly as we've played for a long time and some of the players looked as though they were already fixed up elsewhere. I was just glad to get to half-time at 1-0 so I could say a few words.
'In the second half we had a bit of a go but, compared with how we've been playing, it was very poor fare for the fans. I know these lads have got relegated through no fault of their own and there are a lot of mitigating circumstances but people pay their money and expect them to perform.'
The lacklustre nature of the hosts was in contrast to visitors Huddersfield, who made it a club record of eight wins and one draw from their last nine games - a run which has saw them fall just short of the play-offs.
The good news for the Dragons is that it was not too long ago that the Terriers had major financial difficulties, too - and look at them now.
And a further omen comes in the shape of the club's administrator David Acland, who helped Huddersfield get through their troubled spell, and last week confirmed the Dragons - in the face of an eviction order from owner Alex Hamilton - would be playing their football at the Racecourse next year.
Yet the paying faithful will be hoping for better performances when Smith's men kick off their League Two campaign in August.
They could have been behind in the first minute on Saturday, when Huddersfield's Adnan Ahmed went close with barely 40 seconds on the clock.
Wrexham hit straight back and Town's former Manchester United keeper Paul Rachubka had to be alert to turn a long-ranger over the bar from the out-ofsorts Carlos Edwards.
Yet that was the only meaningful save Rachubka had to make all afternoon, although the home side were left to wonder whether he should have faced a penalty 15 minutes in, when defender Michael Collins looked to have handled in the box.
With both sides struggling to move out of first gear, Wrexham's one other real moment of danger came when Chris Llewellyn slid the ball wide after a fine team move.
Huddersfield weren't so wasteful two minutes before the break, as David Mirfin guided in Ahmed's corner for what turned out to be the winner.
After a half-time dressing-down by boss Smith, Wrexham came out fighting. But even though they dominated possession they failed to test Rachubka.
And it was Huddersfield who came closest to scoring again when top scorer Pawel Abbot hit an 81st-minute effort off the post.
That was a let off for the Dragons, and they had the chance to rub salt into the wounds in injury time, but substitute Hector Sam tamely headed wide when well-placed.
Wrexham: Foster, Pejic, Morgan, Lawrence, Edwards, Williams, Ferguson, Crowell (Jones 70), Holt, Ugarte, Llewellyn (Sam 64). Subs not used: Smith, Bennett, Done.
Huddersfield: Rachubka, Clarke, Mirfin, Adams (Schofield 82), Holdsworth, Brandon, Ahmed (Fowler 80), McCombe, Collins, Abbott, Booth (McAliskey 71). Subs not used: Senior, Mendes.
Referee: Lee Probert. Attendance: 7,151.