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Phil Parkinson: We were just not ruthless enough

02 Apr 2024 3 minute read
Wrexham manager Phil Parkinson Barrington Coombs/PA Wire.

Wrexham boss Phil Parkinson bemoaned a lack of ruthlessness from his side as they missed the opportunity to extend their advantage in the automatic-promotion places after losing 1-0 at Doncaster.

Parkinson felt the Dragons improved in the second half but did not pressure Doncaster enough, leaving them two points clear of fourth-placed MK Dons.

“We had a chance to put a decent gap between ourselves and the chasing pack below but couldn’t take it,” Parkinson said.

“Doncaster are top of the form table and have got their injured players back, so we knew they were a good team, but so are we.

“We just weren’t really at the races in the first half and they were sharper than us and their quality was better. We had patches of good play but we gave the ball away cheaply and we let too many crosses come into our box and got punished for that.

“We then had a real go in the second half and were a bit unlucky with the goal that was disallowed for offside because that was a very borderline decision. Their keeper has also made a great save from Steven Fletcher right at the end but we did not work him enough.

“There were decisive moments when we were not ruthless enough and, if we had have been, that could have got us back into the game.”

Doncaster boss Grant McCann spoke of his pride in his Doncaster side as they beat promotion-chasing Wrexham to claim a fifth consecutive win in League Two.

Owen Bailey’s header late in the first half was enough to decide the game and see Rovers continue their impressive run of form late in the campaign.

“It was a really good performance from us,” McCann said.

“I was really proud of the boys. I thought we were really good as a team defensively. They were always going to have a bit of a spell and in the last 10 or 15 minutes they just kept getting bigger and bigger with the subs they were putting on.

“We wanted to be aggressive against them and I think you saw that over the first 75 minutes. We stepped off it after that and we didn’t get to the ball quick enough so they put a bit of pressure on.

“But apart from that, for 75 minutes I thought we were very, very good. It’s another clean sheet, a good performance, three points and a good win. We had a lot of fans here. I asked them to come out after the last game and they did create a great atmosphere.

“Hopefully they can see a team working very hard for this football club and for them as well.”

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