HUGHES | "It's all about us, and our focus, and building momentum"

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Wed 27 Feb 2019

Bryan Hughes insists he is not looking any further ahead than facing Chesterfield on Saturday, as the league leaders prepare to welcome the Spireites to the Racecourse.

After three away games, from which Wrexham took seven points, the Dragons are now back on home soil.

And while proud of the start he has enjoyed in charge, taking ten points from a possible 12 to return to the top of the league, Hughes is keen to keep everyone focussed.

“It’s good to be back home after the long journeys and hopefully we’ll get a good attendance,” Hughes said.

“We’re sitting proudly top of the league and hopefully the fans can come out and make a lot of noise for the players and we can have a response.

“We just have to approach it the way we have done, focus on us, and hopefully that will be enough.

“Once you’re top of the league, you’re there to be caught and we need to be mindful of that. All we can do now is concentrate on what we’re doing.

“It’s all about us and our focus and us building momentum. The next team up is Chesterfield, and we need to deal with them.”

Hughes confirmed club captain Shaun Pearson is back in training after missing the last two matches, while Rob Lainton will be assessed after a shoulder injury ruled him out of the trip to Gateshead.

He also delivered injury updates on other members of the squad, adding: “Roberts and Grant are potentially coming back into the frame as well so we’ll monitor them.

“[But] Carrington’s going to be out – he’s pulled his thigh. He’s done well since he came in but Robbo’s not far off so it could be a like-for-like swap.”

On the challenge Chesterfield pose, Hughes preached caution despite their indifferent form over the course of the season – particularly given their improvement under John Sheridan.

“A new manager has gone in, in Sheridan, and he’s steadied the ship for them. They’ve started to pick up some good results and they won away from home on Tuesday night.

“They’re going to be a strong team and it’s going to be a big test for us – again, a test that we’re relishing.

“The manager’s got them organised. They lost on Saturday but have responded well and won at Barnet, which was a fantastic result for them.

“We know their strengths, we know their weaknesses and it’s about us exploiting it. We have to be mindful – they are a good team, with good forward options and can be quite expansive at times but on the flip side they are very organised.

“We have to make sure we’re aware of that, and make sure we’re ready for it.”

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