WREXHAM manager Denis Smith was an angry man after watching his Racecourse play-off contenders slump to a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of local rivals Tranmere Rovers.
Despite riding high in the Second Division following promotion last May home crowds have been poor, the club continues to struggle financially and an all-ticket midday kick-off ordered by the police clashed with the live television coverage of the FA Cup semi-final between Manchester United and Arsenal.
Visiting supporters contributed 1,200 to a 4,500 gate and earlier this week the Daily Post reported a club spokesman as warning of potential redundancies. So a below-par performance from his players had obviously tested Smith's patience to the limit.
"I was not happy with the performance. I wasn't happy with the week I've had," said the Dragons boss.
"I've got a Press that's not interested in reporting the football, I've got the police who possibly don't want us here and fans who don't want to turn up.
"And then you get a performance off the players that's about as good as all that put together."
Smith, who had several players missing through injury, including striker Hector Sam, unfit after international duty with Trinidad in midweek, also lost Carlos Edwards after less than half an hour.
"That doesn't make it any better," he added. "We are losing too many players because I haven't got any more. If you looked at their bench and at ours it just about summed up the difference between the two clubs.
"Look at their crowd and at our crowd and at the noise they made. There are a lot of things that are not right."
Asked about his side's fading play-off hopes, the Dragons' boss said: "I'm not interested in the play-offs at the moment.
"We've made life very difficult for ourselves but while we still have a chance I will keep pushing and try to drive people on. But at times everybody needs a little bit of help."
And Smith dismissed goalkeeper Mike Ingam's second-half saves that kept his side in the hunt until 12 minutes from time.
"It's his job to stop shots and that's what he was brought in for," he said. "If everybody had done their jobs then we would not have been beaten."
But he praised veteran defender Brian Carey, who had an injection in his foot in order to play.
"Brian's done well to turn out considering he hasn't trained since the Cardiff game. He had a jab and you have to give him credit. We could do with a few more who want to play that badly."
Smith claimed newspaper reports of the club's financial problems had taken their toll.
"Adverse publicity doesn't help," he said. "That must be great for people outside the club but it doesn't help the team.
"That sort of media coverage does not do this club any good. When I have to spend the first hour sorting that out instead of working with the team, that's not helpful.
"I'm not going to mkake excuses for the players or for myself but there's been an accumulation of things that sometimes make you wonder why you do the job."