Wrexham crashed to a 2-0 loss at home on Saturday to Gateshead , the victory seeing the visitors extend their winning run to six and earn a place in the play-offs.
In a game of few chances Jordan Burrow opened the scoring early in the second half with a smart finish from the edge of the box, before Danny Johnson added a second in injury time, finishing off a quick counter attack, to ensure all three points for the Heed.
When asked if the loss showed how far Wrexham still have to go before being considered as contenders, Keates said: “It is an indication, when you are winning games, confidence breeds and it gets higher, you look at them.
“I think there were long periods when you wouldn’t have known the difference between the team in the play-offs and the one that isn’t and I think that has been the case a few times this season, even the first half against Aldershot (a 2-0 loss at home).
“We will look back at it, learn from it and get a reaction next week down at Forest Green. We are not a million miles away, we have been on a decent run, it has ended and we will look for a reaction, like we did after Aldershot.”
The biggest difference between the sides was a lack of a ruthless edge, Gateshead taking the two chances that came their way while Wrexham were unable to make the most of their opportunities.
Keates continued: “We were at home, (we are) disappointed we have dropped three points, on reflection I think overall it wasn’t that bad of a performance.
“Obviously you take the second goal out of the equation, there is always a good chance it was going to happen, gambling and having people forward there is a chance you are going to get caught on the break.
“(It is) disappointing, but the first goal, you have to take your hat off to the kid (Burrow), it is a great finish.
“I think long periods on the game we were in control and looked more capable, but just not clinical around their box.
“First half maybe we edged it, but second half I thought even when they scored we were getting on top, the kid (Burrow) has pulled a great finish off, that happens and we’ll, all being well, get a reaction next week down at Forest Green.”
Ollie Shenton missed a good chance for Wrexham in the first half before forcing James Montgomery into a good stop inside the first three minutes of the restart.
George Harry went close twice to breaking his goalscoring duck, the 18-year-old denied by a Manny Smith block on the line, while the young striker saw a header from a Leo Smith cross come back off the bar.
“He’s (Harry) given me something to think about,” said Keates. “I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to get him in. Like I have said the young lads are going to get a chance now, over the next nine games that are coming up.
“He has come on and done no harm and on another day the header drops in and it is 1-1 and he has had a dream debut goal. Manny has pulled a great block off, he is two yards off the line, so there was a possibility that could have gone in, but as I said we weren’t great clinically, but just disappointed with the result.”
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