DEAN SAUNDERS admitted Silvio Spann deserved to get his marching orders in last night’s 2-0 defeat against Kidderminster Harriers at Aggborough.
Wrexham played the final 74 minutes with ten-men after the Trinidadian right-back was shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge on David McDermott who was stretchered off.
Kidderminster went on to score two goals in four minutes early in the second half to secure victory, and Saunders said the sending-off cost Wrexham.
“I think Silvio got a touch to the ball but I can’t complain. I have warned not just Silvio (about challenges) but a couple of them,” said Saunders.
“It was a reckless and ridiculous challenge and it has cost us.
“We had some good chances. Their goalkeeper has made a brilliant save for us to go 1-0 up but it has cost us, although it happens to other teams.
“I said to the players at half-time, if we get a result now with ten-men it will be a great result.
“But with that much pressure on us, it is whether we cannot make a mistake for an hour.”
Even when Wrexham fell 2-0 behind when Kidderminster made their numerical advantage count, Saunders felt his side could still get something out of the game.
“Kidderminster had a go when we had a man off and I thought we settled down nicely,” added the Reds’ boss.
“We defended well and looked quite comfortable, but could we keep them out for an hour? Kidderminster are not a bad football team, they knock the ball about, and the first goal has killed us then.
“Then we are having to change the formation to try and get back into the game, and obviously we are a man short then somewhere else.
“Even at 2-0, if Adrian Cieslewicz’s chance had gone in, with ten minutes to go we might have bundled another one in from a set-play or something.
“We have to dust ourselves down, get ready for Saturday and get three points.”