HUGHES | "Saturday was a big disappointment but you’ve got to learn from it and learn quick"

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Tue 26 Mar 2019

Bryan Hughes insists there is no time to dwell on Saturday’s defeat at Hartlepool United as the Dragons look to bounce back to winning ways going into the final six games of the season.

Hughes did not hide his disappointment at the performance – stating on further analysis he felt individual mistakes and bad decision making had been the biggest factor in that.

But he backed his Wrexham players to bounce back in the week leading up to next Saturday’s trip to Ebbsfleet United – calling for clear heads for the promotion run-in.

“We’ve reflected over the weekend, and I’ll do a bit of reflection today with the players,” Hughes explained.

“It’s important they see some of the things that went on, and hopefully it won’t happen again going into the next six games.

“People worry about [what happened last season] because it’s still fresh in their minds but I don’t want to keep going over old ground.

“As I’ve said, the progression of the team is there to see – we’ve beaten our points tally from last season and we’re in a healthy position. OK, Saturday was a big disappointment but you’ve got to learn from it and learn quick.

“That’s the biggest thing for me this week, we’ve got to learn and put things right on the training ground and hopefully take it into Saturday.

“There’s a progression here at the club and it’s about us not dwelling too much on the past, certainly from Saturday’s game.

“Obviously you have to reflect, you have to put things right – but it’s about moving forward now. We haven’t got time to reflect and feel sorry for ourselves.”

Hughes called on his players not to let the good work from the season go to waste, with the Dragons still a point off top at the end of the weekend, albeit having played more games than the rest of the top nine.

And he believes the character in the dressing room will be key to ensuring that does not happen.

“Everyone was disappointed on Saturday, no more than myself, but we’re going to work hard this week and go again.

“Looking at the game again, I’ve analysed it and our shape wasn’t too bad. There were just too many individual errors and the decision making at times, and the passing, wasn’t quite there for some reason. I said after the game it might be a mentality issue and I think it is.

“We’re getting into that pressured end of the season now and there’s still a lot to play for. It’s about getting the players’ minds cleared and keep them focussed on what they have to do.

“I think that’s the biggest thing – all the hard work the players have put in over this long season you don’t want to falter at the last hurdle. And I don’t think we are going to falter. We’ve got some good characters in the dressing room.”

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