AFTER a day when non-league clubs took several notable FA Cup scalps, striker Chris Llewellyn declared Wrexham could be proud of their 4-0 win over Hayes.
Llewellyn said the Dragons, who travel to League Two leaders Scunthorpe United in the second round, had to set aside the club's off-field problems.
"I think with what has been going on off the field the whole country was expecting us to lose, so we just wanted to go out and prove everyone wrong - to show we are strong as a team and capable of putting on a professional performance."
The Wales international said the result was never in doubt once Andy Holt had put the visitors ahead inside the opening 20 minutes.
"Some early pressure from Hayes was only to be expected, but a lot of that was our own doing because we started sloppily," he added.
"But once we got going and the first goal went in, we settled down and enjoyed the rest of the game. The first goal was important and if they had got it, it would have been a bit hairy. As it was we scored first, and we could have got a few more than the three we did in the first half."
Llewellyn claimed that Wrexham's financial worries, which are never far from the surface, could be eased by a profitable Cup run: "The players know the club needs money to secure its future and the FA Cup is a potential meal ticket if we can get one of the big guns in the third round."
"But we've got the second round to come yet.
"The club's problems only affect us as players when we are at home and reading about it in the papers.
"When the whistle blows it's all about football and that's what we do for a living. Once you get on the field it's about winning the game, not securing your future. "We've come here to a small ground, a difficult pitch and we made the most of it. Hopefully we can go on from here and prove a few more people wrong."
Wrexham boss Denis Smith, who spent most of his post-match interview discussing Wrexham's prospects for survival, preferred to talk about the football and said that, although delighted with his team's display, the result was the only thing that mattered.
"It was important to win the game no matter what the performance, because we had to make sure we were in the hat for the second round of the competition - even if we don't know yet whether we will still be around to play the game. "We were poor for the first 10 minutes and looked to have lead in our boots. The pitch was a bit sticky and it took some getting used to, but it was quite easy at the end and I said to the players at half-time that I'd settle for the 3-0 scoreline as long as they didn't do anything silly in the second half.
"They did what I asked and although it wasn't as attractive a game from then on, I was happy that we did a professional job. "But the first two goals came from defenders and we really do need to get the strikers scoring on a more regular basis."