DISAPPOINTED Wrexham manager Denis Smith last night vowed to get it right at the Racecourse after watching his side go down to a second successive league defeat.
Big-spending Cardiff City bounced back from conceding an early goal to dominate the match, eventually running out 3-1 winners, and the Dragons' boss admitted that Alan Cork's expensively-assembled squad had too much know-how for his side.
"I was disappointed with the result," he said. "We knew where we thought we could get at them, that's why I played with two players wide and that's what got us the first goal. But then we didn't get the ball wide enough after that to expose them.
"We didn't create enough, and we didn't get the ball wide enough early enough. If we had done that, hopefully we would have done better." Analysing the goals his side conceded, Smith said he felt for young defender Steve Roberts, whose slip led to the first-half equaliser. Midfielder Graham Kavanagh added a second just before the break and Gavin Gordon wrapped it up midway through the second half from a corner.
"Young Steve is a bit upset because he was there and only had to put it into Row Z and there's no problem," added Smith.
"He'll learn from it, he's a good, young talent but their second, well, that's what you pay £1million for. That makes the difference and that put us on the rack.
"The third one I was disappointed with because I thought Craig Faulconbridge was fouled from their first corner and the linesman saw it but did not give it. Then they scored off the second corner."
Wrexham faced an uphill battle from that point, admitted Smith. "If you are 3-1 up, you can keep the ball, but we were chasing the game from halftime. You can use the pitch a lot more when you are winning, because you can go backwards or sideways and they are not a bad side.
"We need at times to move the ball a bit more sharply and we tried to change it at 3-1 down. We put three up front and if you count the saves, I wouldn't be surprised if their 'keeper had to make more saves than ours."
Smith now has to pick up his players ahead of two tough away games, at Reading tomorrow and at Bournemouth on Saturday but he said: "We have got another hard game on Tuesday and we have just got to get out there and do it again. "If we carry on working together and carry on doing the things we can do, at the end of the season we won't be in the position we find ourselves in at the moment, that's the important thing.
"We are down at the bottom and we have two games in hand but they're no good to us unless we win them. Everyone will be a bit despondent and down, but I can't afford that luxury.
"I have to be positive and I was trying to get the lads going in the last minutes but I was looking around for the fans. They have been great but today we got out-shouted and that was disappointing. Perhaps the Cardiff fans had more to shout about."