HUGHES | "I’ve got full belief that this team will turn it around"

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Mon 23 Sep 2019

Bryan Hughes says he has full belief his Wrexham players can turn around their poor form and get the season back on track.

The 21st-placed Dragons travel to 19th-placed AFC Fylde on Tuesday night, looking to end a winless run that now stretches to seven games.

A win would see the Dragons leapfrog the Coasters, as well as potentially two more of last season’s play-off teams – Eastleigh and Harrogate Town – depending on results elsewhere.

And Hughes says he remains confident the Wrexham players can not only end their winless run but get back to winning ways too.

“There’s no way I’m going to sit here and give excuses. We’ve got a capable enough squad to start winning games and I’ve got full belief that this team will turn it around,” Hughes said.

“It’s about keeping believing in this squad of players, which I do, and I think we are capable of going on a winning run and getting good form behind us.

“Of course there’s pressure. I wouldn’t be normal if I didn’t feel any pressure. It’s not nice seeing your team not win in seven games.

“I’m trying to give them the belief they can do it – there were characteristics of Saturday’s performance that showed me the confidence hasn’t gone yet.

“It’s about everyone pulling in the right direction, sticking together and believing in each other. It might take a freak goal to win a game, but I’d take that.”

Wrexham and Fylde are not only the well-fancied teams to find themselves at the wrong end of the Vanarama National League table at the moment.

Just three points separate Solihull Moors, Harrogate, Fylde, Eastleigh and Wrexham – who all qualified for last season’s play-offs – while Chesterfield are two placed behind the Dragons in 23rd.

And Hughes says that puts an extra onus on Wrexham to turn things around now, knowing there are several teams in similar positions with identical ambitions.

“Fylde have just had a healthy win – they’re in a similar situation to ourselves and that win will boost their confidence,” Hughes said.

“It will be a tough game, it always is against Fylde, they are a strong team and were in the play-offs like ourselves last season and they will want to keep their momentum going after Saturday’s win.

“From our point of view, we need to try to start build something. We had some good aspects on Saturday with the chances we created but ultimately we didn’t take them.

“It’s been a strange start to the season for a lot of teams, and it just shows how competitive this league can be.

“It’s going to be a strange one but we’re capable of going on a winning run and getting wins under our belt and climbing this league.

“I’m sure Fylde, Solihull Moors, Chesterfield etc are thinking the same thing. But it’s alright thinking it, we need to start producing it now.

“We need to rally the troops, get that passion into them and go there and put a real positive performance in.”

JJ Hooper and Rob Lainton remain doubtful, with the two set to be assessed ahead of the game and Saturday’s home match with Ebbsfleet United.

And Hughes admits the two being sidelined has been a big factor in the disappointing start to the season.

“We started off well, but this last seven games we have petered out,” Hughes said. “That’s down to a lot of factors but I think one of the main factors is JJ Hooper being out.

“He was one of our main signings this season and he’s been a big miss. He’s a proven striker at this level, he scores goals, and when you are in a bit of a rut like we are you need players like that.

“It’s not just JJ, we’ve got Rob Lainton too. It was a massive coup for us in the summer keeping Rob at the club and we’ve not seen him play this season. That’s the front and back end of your team straight away.”

With another quick turnaround between fixtures, Hughes says the key will be keeping morale up ahead of the trip to Fylde.

He added: “On a day-to-day basis we’re doing everything possible to keep the spirits up. We’re working hard on the training ground, and that will be no different in preparation for Fylde.

“Even though we lost the game on Saturday, the last thing I want is for them to be down and disheartened and that mood can have an effect so it’s about keeping spirits up.

“It’s about protecting the players, because they are the ones that are going to get us out of it.”

For tickets and travel information for Tuesday’s match at AFC Fylde, see our guide.

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