HUGHES | "It’s about who can stand up and be counted now"

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Mon 15 Apr 2019

Wrexham manager Bryan Hughes insists there is no risk of complacency as the Dragons – having secured at least a play-off berth with victory at Barnet at the weekend – look to finish the season strongly.

With a play-off place now guaranteed, the team is now pushing to finish as high up the table as possible – with the league title still not over yet, and a home semi-final for the play-offs also up for grabs.

And Hughes hopes the fact the play-off place has been secured will inject a renewed sense of belief into the Wrexham camp.

“We’ve just got to keep building now,” he said. “Its nice to have the play-offs guaranteed so I think we can look forward now and go into these last few games with a bit more belief.

“Now it’s about finishing as high as we can. Winning the league would be fantastic and we still have aspirations for that, though we know it’s going to be difficult.

“But second and third have their own rewards, getting that home fixture in the play-offs, and we know how good our home form has been this season, and it will be beneficial to us to get into that position.

“We are in good form – we know we had a bit of a blip but we’ve hopefully put that behind us now.

“There’s a bit more resilience in the camp, a bit more determination to succeed and it’s getting to that critical stage in the season now where they are the attributes you need. It’s going to be tough.

“There’s some big games going on and it’s about who can stand up and be counted now – we’ve put ourselves in the right frame of mind to do that with the last two wins.”

Hughes welcomed Luke Summerfield back on Saturday, with the experienced midfielder making his first appearance under the manager from the bench.

And Hughes was delighted to welcome back a player of his experience – and was pleased to report no further injuries from Saturday’s game too.

“Luke’s experience is critical,” the manager said. “He’s had a bit of a nightmare over these last two months with his injury but it’s good to have him back around the group.

“Those sort of experienced players do rub off on everybody else. He’s a leader in his own way. They are the sort of personnel we need at this stage.

“We’re all good from Saturday. A few aches and pains but we’re all good on that scale, which is pleasing. It’s nice to come in on a Monday morning and have no injuries from the weekend.”

Hughes also issued an injury update on Brad Walker, who has been regaining fitness at parent club Shrewsbury, and he remains hopeful of seeing the midfielder in a Wrexham shirt again this season.

“Brad has picked up his rehab at Shrewsbury, which is great news for us,” Hughes added. “He’s being put through a more intense regime this week I understand.

“This is going to be a critical week for Brad in his rehab and we’ll probably know more next week but fingers crossed we might see him again.”

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