WREXHAM midfielder Jeff Whitley delivered a brutally frank assessment of the Dragons’ performance on Saturday following a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Macclesfield Town.
And the former Manchester City midfielder admitted his side would have to forget about the horror show and concentrate on today’s match with Notts County.
“To be honest, we started pretty poorly and we finished the game in the same way,” he said.
“The fans were on our back and rightly so because they came here to watch a performance and we didn’t deliver. The lads are under pressure anyway but we have to start games well.
“When you don’t it’s hard to pick it up and that was the case today.”
The on-loan Cardiff City man, one of the few Wrexham players to emerge with credit, added: “A few of the boys were not at their best and in the second half we didn’t get the ball down at all to play.
“The pitch was not the best, which is not an excuse, but after going 2-0 down we had to gamble and get the ball forward as quick as we could.
“We have to take what positives we can from the game because we know it was a poor, poor performance and everyone is bitterly disappointed for all the fans who came down here.”
More than 1,700 travelling fans swelled the gate to a 4,000-plus attendance and Whitley said he hoped Wrexham would make amends in this afternoon’s home game against Notts County.
Pointing out that Chris Llewellyn and Ryan Valentine are available again after suspension, Whitley said: “The lads were gutted after the game because we couldn’t put a finger on what went wrong.
“But we have players coming back on Monday to freshen things up and we have to look forward to the next game and forget about today.
“Come Monday we will be raring to go again without a shadow of a doubt. We need to get this out of our system and it’s great to have a game coming up so quickly.”
Wrexham manager Brian Carey could not hide his disappointment at the result, which lifted Macclesfield away from the bottom three clubs.
“They got the goal after a few chances and it was the second game – after the one at Peterborough – when it didn’t happen for us today,” said the Racecourse boss.
“I’m very disappointed for all the fans who turned up here today but we now have to look ahead to Monday.
“We had a few opportunities but we spent a lot more time defending and scrapping and being forced into our own penalty box for too much of the game.
“It was a massive blow for us today because they were just above us in the league and if we had won we would have gone above them.
“It’s not over yet though and while I’ve been looking over my shoulder for a while, there’s another round of games on Monday and we’ll see where we are after that.
“Even after all that’s happened it’s still in our own hands and that’s what we have to remember.
“We have to be strong enough to handle it and get on with it on Monday.
“Chris Llewellyn, Danny Williams and Ryan Valentine are available and we’ll see what we can do.”
Steve Evans was limping at the end of the match, but should be fit today.