HUGHES | "It's a massive victory"

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 02 Mar 2019

Bryan Hughes hailed a ‘workmanlike’ Wrexham performance as Akil Wright’s header earned the Dragons a 1-0 win at home to Chesterfield.

The league leaders have now won five of the last six matches, and four from five since Hughes took charge, but the manager was keen to put the focus on the players.

And he was full of praise for the way the Dragons rose to the challenge of beating a revitalised Chesterfield side.

“It’s a massive victory,” he said. “We knew it was always going to be difficult against a Chesterfield team in really good form since John Sheridan’s gone in.

“It was always going to be a test for us, but as I said during the week it’s about what we do.

“It wasn’t the most entertaining game if I’m being honest but it was very workmanlike – we did what we had to do and when that moment of quality came we took our chance.

“At half-time I spoke to the players and, while I thought we got into some good positions, I think we were trying to find that killer ball too quickly.

“I briefed them to say it’s not about that, it’s about getting the ball into an area where we have someone to attack it and [for the goal] it was a great ball by Luke Young and a great run and finish by Akil Wright.”

Wright’s goal means Wrexham have scored in the second-half of all five matches since Hughes took over, despite not yet netting in the first 45.

Hughes admitted he was keen for more goals in the first half, but was pleased to see his players once again take his half-time instructions on board.

“All our goals during my reign have been in the second half but that’s testament to the players,” he said, “they are listening to the advice we’re giving them at half-time and trying to implement it and it’s paid dividends so far.

“It’s like I said when I first came in, it’s about creating a unified approach. They’re buying into little things that I’m trying to get into them, especially at this stage of the season.

“It’s about keeping the focus and that commitment and desire and seeing how far it can take us.

“There’s going to be a big emphasis on [next week’s] game with Leyton Orient but there are still plenty of games to play after next week. We’ll just focus on what we have to do.”

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