WREXHAM manager Dean Saunders has vowed to draft in new players after watching his side crash out of the FA Cup on Tuesday night against a side two divisions below them.
Goals from Andy Todd and Ian Holmes saw lowly Eastwood Town of the Unibond League Premier Division advance to the first round proper of the FA Cup at the expense of the Dragons, who failed to put up much of a fight in their fourth round qualifying reply at Coronation Park.
And Saunders, who took over as Wrexham boss following the departure of Brian Little, was adamant the display was not good enough, and has pledged to put right the situation by bringing in “some talent”.
“It was a disastrous result and I can only apologise to the supporters for the manner of the performance,” said Saunders. “We had two shots at goal maybe.
“I looked at the bench and tried to change things round a little bit to see if we could get a grip of the game in the middle of the pitch, but they sat back and they never even tried to beat us. That was the disappointing thing and we didn’t have enough talent out there to break them down, it was as simple as that.
“We didn’t beat a man all night and I’ve got to do something about it. And I will do something about it because I’m not accepting that.
“They have done well so far and I’m not sure absolutely slaughtering them is going to do them any good because I think some of them could go under.
“Fortunately we have another big game in four days at home and I need the right reaction from the players. I’ll get some players in by the weekend.
“To be fair they (Eastwood) said ‘come on let’s see what you’ve got’ and we didn’t have a lot. I’ve got to get some talent in.”
Wrexham were lucky not to be knocked out in the first game last Saturday when three superb saves from Gavin Ward ensured the match would go to a replay.
But they did not learn their lesson as they were overrun in midfield and could not break down a stubborn Badgers defence.
And Saunders admits maybe the pressure of being the favourites in a cup tie got to some of his charges.
He said: “We have to put this result behind us, but some of my players have got to take more responsibility out there and want the ball in pressure situations.
“We had a chance of getting egg on our face and I think it got to the players, who couldn’t cope with the pressure.”
During the defeat a number of the Wrexham support started to get on the backs of the players and began singing “We’re s*** and we know we are”.
However, rather than berate the fans for not backing their side, Saunders has sympathy with the paying public and believes the fans deserve better.
“I don’t blame the fans for singing what they did because we were on a good run, with three wins and a draw, and normally you hear those songs when you haven’t won for 10 games,” said the boss.
“But they were right to sing it tonight and I was singing with them! The results we have had gave me a bit more time to look at people. If I had got this result in the first game I would have had to do it a bit quicker, but I’m learning about the players all the time.
“There are some who still haven’t played for me and I’m starting to make my mind up about one or two others. I have told them I am going forward and this result will be out of my head. I will then be thinking about the Lewes game.
“We didn’t have a player out there. They know why they are in the team, I have given them their jobs, but I’ve just asked them if the got anywhere near where they were supposed to be. For example, not one player beat a man in 90 minutes, not one player created a chance for a striker.
“Their best player was the centre forward, a lone striker, so there was nothing there I could be happy with.”