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Anthony Barry reflects on a poor season for Wrexham AFC

Published date: 24 April 2017 |
Published by: Richard Williams
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ANTHONY BARRY admits none of the Wrexham players can look back on this season fondly.

Wrexham went into the final home game of the season safe from relegation but the mid-table Reds suffered a 1-0 defeat against Dagenham and Redbridge.

Barry, like the majority of his team-mates, is out of contract this summer and the midfielder accepts Wrexham have under achieved this term.

“It has not been great, I don’t think any of us can really say we have had a top season or reached our standards, collectively or individually,” said Barry.

“It is a great club, everyone loves being here and it would be great to go forward with the club.

“We will sit down and if the gaffer wants me, we will talk. But whether I am here or not, I just hope this great club gets what it deserves.”

Wrexham’s final game at The Racecourse was a dour affair and Paul Benson’s 23rd minute goal secured victory for Dagenham who sealed a play-off berth.

There were few scoring chances created by Wrexham who hardly threatened a goal.

“That is probably a good summary of our season, not enough quality,” said Barry.

“A lot of effort throughout but from start to finish it hasn’t really worked.

“I thought Dagenham were efficient and they did their jobs. They are not what you would call a fantastic team but it just shows you where the bar is next year, and shows it is achievable.”

Manager Dean Keates was unhappy with Wrexham’s display in the final third as the run without a home win extended to six games.

“Disappointing is probably the word you can use, the word you can use that sums up the season for the football club,” said Keates.

“A lot of huff and puff, we had a go in areas and had decent phases of play but the last little bits of detail, the final ball into the box,  we didn’t really create any chances at all.

“That bit of quality was lacking. It was there last weekend, we gave the 900 fans something to smile about and be proud of at York, this week it just wasn’t at that standard.”

More than 3,600 fans saw the defeat and Keates praised supporters for the backing his side have received during a disappointing campaign.

“Am I surprised, no, because even though it has been bad, the football club means everything to the fans,” said Keates, who takes Wrexham to Eastleigh on Saturday for the final game of the season.

“All being well we can give them something to be proud of next season.

“Over 3,600 for the last home game of the season, me and the coaching staff are grateful.

“Build The Budget has gone over £40,000 so all being well I will invest that correctly for next season and we give the football club and the fans something to be proud of and something to look forward to.”

n Wrexham will play a pre-season friendly in Portugal.

There were plans to play a match in Italy as part of the build-up to the 2017-18 campaign but Wrexham will now head to Vilamoura.

This trip, organised with kit suppliers Macron and other club sponsors, will see the Reds fly to the Algarve on Sunday, July 9 and return on Wednesday, July 12, with their opponents and training schedule to be announced at a later date. 

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