HUGHES | "The next three home fixtures are going to be vital"

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Mon 01 Apr 2019

Bryan Hughes hopes Wrexham’s home form will play a big part in the promotion run-in as the Dragons look to get back to winning ways.

After two defeats on the road, Wrexham return to the Racecourse next Saturday to face relegated Braintree, with Hughes hoping home comforts prove the difference.

And he urged the fans to keep believing as the fourth-placed Dragons bid to seal a play-off place and keeps themselves in the hunt for promotion to the Football League.

“We’ve got a fantastic record here at home and the fans play a big part in it. The next three home fixtures are going to be vital – if we get maximum points from them, then that should be enough to get us a decent play-off,” Hughes said.

“I’m as disappointed as the fans with the recent results. All I need them to do is to keep believing.

“I don’t want the players to dwell and think about it too much. I don’t want the negativity.

“We’re in a healthy position and I think, at the beginning of the season, fourth place going into the last five games people would have snapped your hands off for it.

“The expectation levels rise the more we do well, and because we’re in this rut people are questioning things. That is fine, and they have a right to, because things aren’t quite right on the pitch and we’re not getting the results we really want, but there’s still time to get it right and finish the season off in a bit of form.”

Wrexham need three more wins to guarantee a play-off place, and Hughes admits a change in mindset is needed – particularly on the road – if they are to turn the current position into promotion.

After being 3-0 down at half-time against Ebbsfleet last time out, the Dragons pulled it back to 3-2 before the Fleet snatched a late fourth to seal victory.

But Hughes explained that training this week will determine whether the more expansive second-half tactical set-up is retained going forward.

“We’re in this little rut. We’ve gone back into our old ways, especially away from home,” Hughes said.

“We’ve just dropped back into that mindset where, if we do concede, it’s game over and we can’t be doing that. We are still in a healthy position, there is still a lot to play for.

“We’ve got to try and be as positive as we can. Braintree on Saturday is going to be our first test.

“The subs made an impact [at Ebbsfleet]. Whether we’re going to stick with the same system as the second-half, time will tell.

“We’ll have to work on a few things this week because we need to find a system that’s going to start winning us games.

“Now we have five games to cement ourselves in the play-offs and, whatever position that is, that will be progression [on last season]. It’s the old cliché but we need to take each game as it comes.”

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