Bryan Hughes has pinpointed the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup fixture with Ayr United as a big opportunity to restore some confidence in the Wrexham players.
Hughes admitted he had initially been keen to rotate the squad for the match against the Scottish Championship team, but may now stick with more first-team regulars.
And he admitted the current four-game winless streak is hurting both himself and the players.
“The way I’m looking at it, we need to get a win on the board and we need to get that confidence back,” he said.
“Ayr United will be a tough game – they’re going well in their league – but we can bounce back and are looking forward to it.
“It gives me an opportunity to maybe rest one or two, and give game time to others, but our priority is the league.
“It’s nice to be involved in the competition, and in a blue-sky world it would have been nice to rest a lot of players, but we need to get a confidence boost back into the player and Saturday could be that.
“It’s hurting everyone. It’s hurting the players, it’s hurting myself and it’s hurting the fans. We are in a blip and we’re trying to come out of it.”
After back-to-back defeats, Wrexham drew 2-2 with Maidenhead United on Tuesday after what Hughes believed was a ‘more workmanlike’ performance.
But, having come from behind to lead 2-1 in the second-half, Hughes admitted it had felt more like a defeat – urging his players to be more ruthless in front of goal in future.
“Coming off the pitch, Tuesday night felt like a defeat. It was a difficult one to take and a difficult evening.
“From our point of view, we’ve got to finish teams off when we’ve got them on the rails like that. We had the chances to do it.
He added: “Ayr United have got a strong team, they’ll be confident themselves having started the season off strongly again. It’s a different experience for us, playing against teams from other countries.
“Without giving anything away, I’m sure there will be players rested. Other players need game time to keep their fitness levels up so they’re ready when needed. There will be changes, so we’ll see when we get to Saturday.”
Wrexham vs Ayr United kicks off at 3pm on Saturday, at the Racecourse Ground. Ticket details can be found here