HUGHES | "Everyone to a man is working hard for each other"

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Fri 19 Apr 2019

Bryan Hughes was delighted not just to beat Sutton United at home but to record a first clean sheet in five games too.

Kieran Kennedy’s brilliant finish proved the only goal of the game, but Hughes believes Wrexham’s performance fully merited all three points.

And he insisted the return to clean sheets is not just testament to the defenders but to the whole team’s performance.

“I think it was a solid performance all the way through the game,” he said. “It was a tough game – we expected a tough game against Sutton.

“They are physical but we ground them down and we always knew set pieces would be important in both boxes.

“We defended our box really, really well. Defensively, we looked solid.

“Then at the other end we get a moment of quality, a great ball in the box, we’ve kept the ball alive and it’s a fantastic finish from Kieran Kennedy to win the game.

“I’m delighted for them all. It’s great to get back to clean sheets as well. It’s important at this stage of the season that we try and build on things like that.

“Everyone to a man is working hard for each other. That togetherness that we had when I first came into the club, we’re getting it back at the right stage.”

Hughes also hailed the players’ mentality, after calling for a renewed focus after defeat to Ebbsfleet a few weeks back.

Wrexham have won three out of three since then, and the manager wants there to be no let-up as the season reaches the sharp end.

“I made reference to it a few weeks back, we’ve been giving away silly goals, avoidable goals. I’ve been trying to change the mentality of the players,” he said.

“Now there’s a bit more focus, a bit more determination and desire, which is a big thing. When you keep clean sheets, you don’t lose many games.

“The players know how important this stage of the season is and now they are responding – it’s three wins, nine points… it’s fantastic form.”

And, while the scoreline shows only a narrow win, Hughes admitted he was confident Wrexham’s persistence and pressure would be eventually be rewarded against a dogged Sutton side.

“I was quietly confident. I felt we were getting close,” Hughes added. “There was some good play again from the front three.

“That link-up play, the interplay, the connection I want to try and get up there in that area of the pitch – again there were some good things from those three.

“I think it was only a matter of time before a chance fell. You have to give them credit, they worked hard, they tried to frustrate us, but we focused on what we were trying to achieve and we got there in the end.

“It’s a fantastic finish, great technique. I was pleased that we kept that ball alive.

“Kieran finished it unbelievably – outside of the right foot, right into that top corner, it was a fantastic finish.”

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