HUGHES | "We will hopefully put it right on Saturday against Stockport"

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Fri 30 Aug 2019

Manager Bryan Hughes is looking for a reaction after his sides disappointing showing against Hartlepool United on Bank Holiday Monday and he believes his players know what is required to push Wrexham up the table. 

Wrexham face Stockport County on Saturday afternoon in what is sure to be a hot encounter against a newly promoted side who will be bringing a large following to cheer them on. 

Hughes was qucik to point out that the Hartlepool result was disappointing saying: "A lot has been said after the Hartlepool game but we have three home games coming up now and we are looking for a response. I fully believe that the players will give us a response and like I said after the game on Monday I have a lot of belief in them. 

"There were still some positives to take from that game, we took the lead again, it took 28 passes to get that goal, so things we are doing on the training ground like moving the ball quick are translating in to games and that's pleasing to see. 

"The result was unacceptable though and we will hopefully put it right on Saturday against Stockport."

The manager wants to re-gain the teams defensive prowess adding: "It was only the second deafeat but it was a defeat, we don't like loosing games and I don't like conceeding four goals in a game either. There's things we need to get back in our performances defensively. The players know whats needed to get our points tally up and start moving up the table."

Hughes made six changes to his side that played in the north-east on Monday, with two being enforced. Left-back James Jennings and centre-back Michael Chambers both missed the game with ankle injuries.

Hughes commented on those players by saying: "James Jennings and Michael Chambers have responded well to treatment and we will monitor them both before the Stockport game."

Jake Lawlor was shown a straight red card during the game and the club have decided not to appeal against the dismissal. Hughes said: "We've decided not to appeal Jake Lawlor's red card because the closer to the action footage supplied by Hartlepool wouldn't show enough evidence to win an appeal."

Meanwhile Cardiff loanee Mark Harris was called up to the Wales Under 23 squad who play at the Racecourse next week. Hughes commented: "Mark Harris is available to play against Stockport prior to going to his Wales call up. He won't be available for the Ayr United game though." 

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