Paul Rutherford admitted to a hollow feeling after Wrexham suffered a major dent to their play-off aspirations but insists their top seven hopes remain alive.

Wrexham crashed to a 2-1 loss at home to outside top seven hopefuls Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday, a third loss in four games while they have managed just five points from their last seven outings. That run has seen Wrexham drop away from being potential title contenders to being involved in a fight to even secure a top seven finish and seal a play-off place.

Saturday’s loss was a tough one for Wrexham to take, the Dragons putting in a vastly improved performance from their recent showings, yet were guilty of not taking their chances as they were pegged back by second half goals from Fejiri Okenabirhie and Michael Cheek, both coming after Rutherford had steered the Dragons into lead on 23 minutes.

“It is a bitter pill to swallow that one,” said Rutherford. “It was a massive opportunity but, especially at this stage of the season, it is all about the points.

“The performance was there, and I think we created more chances than we have done in a good few weeks. We were on the front foot a lot more, we caused Dagenham countless problems, but unfortunately they have got the win and that is what it is all about at this stage of the season.

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