HUGHES | Manager calls for positive mindset ahead of Barnet trip

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Fri 12 Apr 2019

Bryan Hughes is hopeful the home victory against Braintree will serve as a springboard for Wrexham going into the final four games of the season, starting with Saturday’s trip to Barnet.

The Dragons visit The Hive looking to arrest a run of three consecutive away defeats, but Saturday’s home win means they remain with three points of the top three.

And Hughes wants the players to carry the same positive mindset into the game, having been pleased with the response they gave against Braintree.

“I thought the performance value was a lot better than in recent matches,” he said. “I stuck with the same shape, albeit with two inverted wingers rather than out-and-out wide men and I thought it helped us link the play up a bit better.

“I thought there were some really good moments there that potentially could blossom over the next few weeks.

“I want us to feel positive going into every game. I saw glimpses of characters coming through on Saturday that we had when I first came in.

“That passion, that pride – when Shaun scored his goal you saw how much it meant. Hopefully they are the building blocks now to take us forward.”

Barnet lost to relegated Maidstone in mid-week – their first defeat in eight games – but Hughes is wary of the Bees’ recent form as they have climbed up the table.

The Dragons’ manager highlighted the qualities they still possess, having only been relegated back to the National League last season.

But he is keen to end the recent losing streak on the road in what is the penultimate away game of the league season.

“Saturday’s result will go a long way for building that confidence going into the last four games,” he said.

“It’s going to be a tough game at Barnet, they’ve hit a bit of form of late and are a strong outfit, but we’ll go there in good spirits and hopefully get over this recent away form.

“We want to get that off our back, and hopefully go there with a good positive performance and get a good result.

“It’s always hard at this stage of the season when you play against teams that haven’t got much to play for in the league. They can play without fear, they can go and enjoy themselves and that can be hard to deal with – especially when we’ve got so much to play for.

“Barnet players might be playing for their own futures at the club or looking to impress other managers so there’s always an element of something on it.

“But one thing’s for sure is, as a club, they’ve got nothing to play for this season and I think that’s why they’re getting the results now as well. The pressure’s off them.

“They’re showing their qualities now – they have got a strong squad, they just probably haven’t performed as well as they like all season.”

Saturday’s match at The Hive kicks off at 3pm – for ticket and travel information see our match-day guide.

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