HUGHES | "It showed the commitment, the desire and the togetherness of that group"

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 23 Feb 2019

Wrexham boss Bryan Hughes hailed his players commitment after Cole Stockton’s injury-time equaliser saw the Dragons snatch a point away to Gateshead.

The third long away trip in eight days looked set to result in a first defeat under Hughes, but Wrexham hit back in the dying moments to earn a dramatic draw.

And the manager highlighted the fitness levels of his players, and the impact of his substitutes, in delivering the turnaround.

“It’s been a long week for us,” he admitted. “There were elements of physical and mental fatigue out there, which is understandable.

“But, on the flip side of that, it showed the commitment, the desire and the togetherness of that group to really go to the last minute of injury time to get that equaliser.

“Substitutes play a big part in that. We knew there would be stages, this week especially, where people will have to come on and make an impact.

“We’ve covered more than 1,000 miles this week and we’ve got seven points to show for it, which is a great return.

“I’m absolutely delighted, especially for the players – they deserved that.”

Wrexham have now taken seven points from the last nine available, despite the travel involved.

Four of those, away to Havant & Waterlooville and now away to Gateshead, have come from losing positions too and Hughes reiterated his belief in his squad.

“I believe in these players and they are believing in themselves now which is the main thing. The fitness levels are great – to go all that way this week and fitness that strongly just shows that.

“I changed the shape with Cole and Chrissy coming on. It was about getting the ball into areas where we can be effective and I don’t think we did that enough.

“Cole coming on, and Chris coming on – narrow, in behind, looking for the second balls, it caused them a few more problems.

“Cole, getting his first goal for the club – I’m delighted for him. To see the players celebrating like that was a joy to watch.

“It’s about keeping the momentum. On a day-to-day basis they are a joy to work with and we have players coming back from injury at a key time that is only going to enhance us. It’s going to be an exciting end to the season.”

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