HUGHES | "The work ethic and commitment is evident"

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Mon 04 Mar 2019

Bryan Hughes is keen to harvest Wrexham’s hunger, desire and team spirit as the Dragons gear up for a top-of-the-table National League clash with Leyton Orient.

Wrexham will go into Saturday’s match at the Matchroom Stadium top of the league after beating Chesterfield at the Racecourse – extending the current unbeaten run to six games, winning five of those.

And while Hughes is not shying away from the importance of the fixture with Orient, which will be shown live on BT Sport on Saturday lunchtime, he insisted it will be business as usual on the training ground this week.

“You’d be daft not to get excited now going into the last ten games,” Hughes admitted. “We’re sitting proudly at the top of the league and we’re in a healthy position.

“That’s a testament to the players – they’ve had a little blip a month or so ago but they’ve bounced back from that now. They’ve got that desire and that commitment back and they are doing it for each other – it’s important for me as a manager to see that.

“The players are going out there, including those from the bench, and the work ethic and commitment they are showing for each other out there is evident. It can take you a long way.

“The team spirit that we’ve got here in this group, I’ve seen before in my career. It can take you far, it can get you results when you’re down and out like at Gateshead and it’s going to be exciting.

“It’s going to be a good game on Saturday, people are going to emphasise how important this week is but we’ve just got to concentrate on Leyton Orient. They’re our next opponents.

“We’re not too worried about how results went last weekend, it’s just about us. We’re top of the league looking forward and Leyton Orient are the next team up.

“They are all big games, aren’t they? They are all cup finals. Leyton Orient are a good team, they are up there on merit.

“They’ve got some good players, strikers who are scoring goals – which is always nice – and it’s going to be a tough game. But we’ve got a plan, we’ve got to prepare like we always have.”

Hughes expects to have Bobby Grant back available for Saturday’s match, but confirmed Luke Summerfield and Mark Carrington remain sidelined.

And he reiterated how important the entire squad will be during the final ten games, highlighting the desire being shown not only by the starting XI but the substitutes in recent weeks.

“The beauty for me is I’ve got players itching to come into the team from the bench who want to make an impact,” Hughes said.

“Everyone is going to be used, that’s how I want to be as manager. I want to keep that team ethic and that environment and everybody’s got a big role to play come these last ten games.

“Saturday is going to a big game. It’s live on TV, these are the games you want to play in. It’s a top-of-the-table clash but we’re going to go there full of confidence. We’re on a good run ourselves and we’re playing well.”

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