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Neilsen injury blow for Wrexham

Wrexham manager Dean Saunders
Saunders says Wrexham were in real danger of relegation this season

On-loan goalkeeper Gunnar Neilsen has returned to Manchester City for a scan on the suspected broken thumb he suffered in the 1-0 Oxford United loss.

The injury will end his Wrexham stay that was due to last for the season.

The Faroe Islands international, 22, went off after 79 minutes at the Kassam Stadium with the score at 0-0, defender Ashley Westwood taking over in goal.

"That sums up the luck we're having at the minute," Wrexham manager Dean Saunders told BBC Sport Wales.

"We've played really well and worked hard and been kicked in the teeth in the 94th minute.

"Ashley had nothing to do apart from trying to stop the ball going underneath the bar.


"We've not had a goalkeeper on the bench for about five months, it gives you an extra option but that's the gamble you take.

"I'm sick for the players, they've worked really hard."

Wrexham's defeat leaves them with only a mathematical chance of making the play-offs.

"We've got to be more determined to put it right next season, you don't like a season that's heading to nothing," Westwood told BBC Sport Wales.

"It comes down to personal pride now - I don't like losing a game of cards. We'll be doing our all to win [at Altrincham on Monday]."

Saunders defended the job he has done at the Racecourse since taking over last October and said he needed more quality up front next season.

"I have cheered the place up, we might have ended up in the league below the way we were going," he said.

"You've only got to not invest in the right places and not go in the right direction.

"It's a good job we won the games we have, in this league anything can happen.

"At this level your two strikers are everything. You're only as good as your strikers no matter what team you've got, and as you can see we're short. I know exactly what the problem is."

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BBC Sport Wales coverage
03 Oct 11 |  Wales
Wrexham v Altrincham
12 Apr 09 |  Non League
Oxford Utd 1-0 Wrexham
11 Apr 09 |  Non League

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