HUGHES | Manager delivers update on injured players and transfer targets as attention turns to Hartlepool

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Tue 19 Mar 2019

Bryan Hughes says he is confident in Wrexham’s ability away from home as the Dragons prepare for their trip to the North East to face Hartlepool United.

After a sticky patch away from home before Hughes’ arrival, the Dragons took seven points from the new manager’s first three away trips before defeat at Leyton Orient.

But Hughes is keen for the Dragons to continue to play without pressure on their travels – though admits he wants to see performances improve despite getting back to winning ways on Saturday against Maidstone.

“If I look at it as a whole, performance value has been better away from home than it has been at home.

“I don’t know if that’s the pressure of the Racecourse, or after what happened last season, but getting away from home is not so much of a worry for me now – we can relax, hopefully play a bit better but still be organised.

“It’s not about the performance now – though I do want to put performances on for the fans. It’s important that we get results at this stage.

“I want us to play better and look after the ball a bit better but it’s all about the results now. The performance element of it, hopefully I can work a lot more on that in pre-season.”

With the Welsh national team at the Racecourse this week, Hughes took his players to Carden Park for training, welcoming Luke Summerfield and Mark Carrington back to the training pitch.

But Hughes – who also confirmed Manny Smith will not feature until next season and Brad Walker faces four to six weeks on the sidelines – insists he will not be rushing players back.

“Luke Summerfield is going to step his rehab up now – non-contact stuff – and see how he goes with that,” he said.

“He’s already had a reaction three weeks ago so we’re not going to push him and put him straight in against Hartlepool unless he has a full week firing on all cylinders.

“I don’t want to put that pressure on the player when we still have lots of games to go.”

Hughes also admitted he is still in the market for new additions as he looks to bolster the squad for the final run-in – and says the team is still on track for the targets he set when taking the job.

“When I first came into the job I had a target in mind that might win the league, or guarantee play-offs, and we’re on target,” he said.

“I want to average two points per game and we’re certainly on track for that.

“I’ve always said I’m looking to strengthen us. We’ve lost Ben Tollitt now and brought McGlashan in and we’re still looking for maybe a few other players.

“Brad Walker is going to be a big miss, so that defensive midfielder player – I’ve got to keep my eye out and hopefully some can have those leadership qualities.

“I’m just mindful of that, I don’t want to leave myself short so we’ll see how these next few days and weeks come along as regards recruitment.”

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