HUGHES | "A moment of quality has won it"

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 16 Mar 2019

Bryan Hughes paid tribute to match-winner Ben Tollitt as he signed off from his loan spell with the only goal of the game at home to Maidstone.

The Dragons got back to winning ways with a narrow victory in blustery conditions and Hughes hailed Tollitt’s moment of magic in swinging the game Wrexham’s way.

The Wrexham boss did admit there were some nerves to stamp out in the Dragons’ dressing room, however.

“I am delighted,” he said. “It was a tough game again in tough conditions and a moment of quality’s won it.

“We spoke at half-time about our front three making runs behind the Maidstone defence and Tollitt’s took it on himself – it was a great first touch and a great finish.

“He’s done exceptionally for me and it’s fitting for him to go out with a goal and a win, and a clean sheet again. He’s been fantastic since I came in. He’s chipped in with goals and assists and I’m very grateful to him.

“If we’re being honest, looking at our performance – especially in the first half – we looked a bit edgy. We’ve lost our last two games and I was trying to knock that out of the players.

“We’ve been edgy in the last few home games. It’s coming to that crucial stage and it might because of what’s at stake.”

Hughes also hailed Wrexham’s squad strength again, after starts for Chris Holroyd and Nicky Deverdics.

And the manager reiterated the need for the entire squad, including the players on the fringes of the first team, to play their part in the title run-in.

“I just wanted to freshen it up,” he added of his team selection. “The two defeats were in the back of my mind but people are waiting patiently for chances and I’m still looking for that right formula to find some goals.

“Chris has had a good chance in the first half, when he’s gone through, and the keeper’s made a good save.

“I’m still tinkering. As I said when I came in everyone’s going to have a part to play. We’ve got a really good squad in there and we just need to make sure everybody’s ready when they are called upon.”

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