HUGHES | "It’s a difficult one to take."

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 31 Aug 2019

‘Devastated’ Bryan Hughes urged his Wrexham players not to lose belief after a defeat at home to Stockport County.

Two first-half goals cost Wrexham, despite Leighton McIntosh’s first goal for the club after the break, but Hughes was disappointed by key refereeing decisions going against the hosts.

A penalty appeal for handball was turned down in the first-half, while Bobby Grant thought he had pulled a goal back only for the linesman to rule it had not crossed the line.

“It’s still raw,” Hughes said after the game. “I don’t think we deserved to lose that game, but we have lost it again and the players are all devastated in the dressing room, along with myself and the management team.

“We’ve got more of a determination to turn this around. We want to try and bring success to this club.

“It’s a difficult one to take. I can’t legislate for the first goal – it’s an individual error – and it puts them on the front foot; it gives them something to hold on to.

“We had a response – Summerfield hits one and the keeper makes a fantastic save and on a different day that goes in.

“I thought second half we really took the game to them. Bobby’s chance at the back post – I spoke last week heavily about refereeing decisions that are costing us, and that’s a foot over the line. It’s eight minutes into the second-half, and they are decisions that are really hurting us at the moment.”

With a tight turnaround before the next match, at home on Tuesday night, Hughes says the message to the players is to keep their belief.

And he also wants the players to start making better use of attacking situations.

“In possession, the overall game, we must have had 75 per cent possession but we need to get into areas when we actually give our strikers something to attack,” he said.

“Some of the crosses were a little bit lame at times,  but when we got behind them and stood balls up – like Bobby Grant’s chance that went in, but wasn’t give, that’s when we caused them problems.

“It’s another defeat. We are determined to put this right, as a team and as a management team even more so.

“We’ve got to have belief. We’ve got determination. Certain situations are going against us at the moment. The players are down, the management team are down, but we’ve got to really rally the players before Tuesday and we are determined to do that.”

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