HUGHES | "We need to be right behind these players now"

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Fri 29 Mar 2019

Bryan Hughes expects plenty more twists and turns in the promotion run-in as Wrexham gear up for Saturday’s trip to Ebbsfleet.

With several rivals involved in mid-week action, catching up on games in hand, Hughes and his players are instead in the middle of a full week on the training ground.

And the manager insists the players’ focus is only on their own performances with six league games to play this season.

“It doesn’t affect anything that we’re trying to do,” Hughes said of the mid-week matches around the country.

“I went to watch Ebbsfleet to see what they’ve got and they’re organised and powerful and it’s going to be a difficult game. Ebbsfleet are on a good run, they’ve only lost one of their last eight games to give themselves a fighting chance of the play-offs.

“I’m looking for a response from us to try and get back on track. It’s a good opportunity for us and we’re running out of games now.

“I think morale was low in the dressing room after the Hartlepool game. It was quiet. But the players have had time to reflect now.

“We did some analysis of the game on Monday, picked out the mistakes that we made and that we need to rectify but we try and put that to bed now and look forward to Ebbsfleet.

“We can’t rely on anything else. It’s about us, preparing right, planning and hopefully getting the rub of the green when we need to.”

Hughes confirmed midfielder Luke Summerfield will miss the game injured, after a setback in his recovery, but Mark Carrington could be ready to return.

A sickness bug in the Wrexham camp means players are to be assessed over the coming days but Hughes has challenged his players to start to build some momentum again.

“It’s a critical stage of the season and we need to be right behind these players now,” he added. “There’s lots still to play for, 18 points at stake.

“I’m not a fool to think we haven’t hit a bit of a wall. I’ve mentioned before, performances haven’t been to my liking.

“I’m wary of it being three defeats in four and we need to stop that. If we end up in a play-off place, we want to go into the play-offs in a rich vein of form.

“We’re in a little bit of a sticky patch [but] I’ve said from the start there’ll be a lot of twists and turns and I still think there will be with 18 points to play for. Leyton Orient have got the momentum, but now it’s now their turn to be caught.”

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