Bryan Hughes hailed the impact of Wrexham’s substitutes after Stuart Beavon stepped off the bench to score the winning goal in his first game in charge at home to Dagenham.
Beavon and Paul Rutherford were introduced in a double change in the second-half, and Hughes’ first Wrexham substitution paid dividends when the former scored the only goal of the game.
And, while he admitted the result could have been a lot more comfortable after a number of chances were squandered late on, Hughes was pleased with the players’ response.
“I just felt that we need a little more energy, a little more impetus in those forward areas,” Hughes said.
“Going forward, we just needed a lift and credit to Beavon and to Rutherford – they are the type of players who can do that, and they are full of energy.
“We could have made it a lot easier for ourselves, we had numerous chances to kill the game off, but the players did what was asked of them. I wanted to see that togetherness, that unified approach. Late on, that was there in abundance.
“We defended like trojans at times. Credit to Dagenham, they threw everything at us at the end but we defended well.
“Overall, on the whole performance, I thought the substitutes made a real big impact after they came on.
“Teams are going to come here and try to stifle us, as Dagenham did, and we need people who are ready to come and make an impact and that’s what happened.”
Hughes handed Ben Tollitt a first Wrexham start in his first game in charge, as part of a front three with Bobby Grant and Cole Stockton.
The latter two were then replaced by Beavon and Rutherford in the second-half, and the Dragons’ boss is keen to continue to work to deliver more goals in the run-in.
“It was just about us trying to make an impact,” he added. “We’ve not scored a lot of goals this season so I was trying to change the front slightly.
“I gave Tollitt a chance up there, who I thought was excellent. I wanted to get us on the front foot again but it was hard first half because Dagenham did do a job on us.
“I thought the game became a bit more stretched and the best thing for us is we had players who could impact the game when it became stretched.
“It didn’t feel as though we were in any great danger. The defence looked very solid and they attacked everything, especially late on.
“We could have made it a lot easier for ourselves – Akil Wright had numerous chances to put the game to bed but it just wasn’t his day in front of goal.
“The biggest thing for me was that he was in those positions to have the chances, especially being an ex-midfielder myself, but that’s something we can work on going forward.”
Hughes, who is hoping to name an assistant manager later in the week, will now take his team to Havant & Waterlooville. Keep an eye on the club website for tickets and travel.