HUGHES | "We’ll travel to Dover in a positive frame of mind"

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Fri 09 Aug 2019

Bryan Hughes insists Wrexham will be travelling to Dover for Saturday’s match at the Crabble in good spirits after taking four points from the opening two games.

After beating Barrow at home on Saturday, the Dragons were stung by a last-minute equaliser at Boreham Wood on Tuesday night having been 2-0 up.

But Hughes wants the overall performance in Hertfordshire to give his players confidence, particularly with the forwards already in the goals this season.

“Overall, I’m looking for us to improve our away form on the road this year. We went a long way towards doing that on Tuesday and now it’s about trying to be consistent with it,” he said.

“They come around thick and fast these away games, but we’ll travel to Dover in a positive frame of mind.

“Every away game is going to be tough this year for every team. Our aim is to try and pick up a few more points this year on our travels while maintaining our home form.

“It’s always nice when you see new signings getting in on the goals. We are trying to play with a bit more of an attacking threat going forwards but, on the flip side of that, we are going to concede goals.

“We prided ourselves on clean sheets last season but we didn’t score enough goals.

“My message from day one has been to be more ruthless in front of goal. We had a chance to make it 3-0 at Boreham Wood and that would probably have killed the game off.

“But we didn’t take it and we’ll learn from that. They didn’t break us down, it was two sloppy goals from our point of view.”

Wrexham’s four goals this season have come from three different attacking players – JJ Hooper opening the scoring against Barrow, Mark Harris doing likewise at Boreham Wood and Bobby Grant netting in both.

And Hughes hopes the early goals will be a valuable confidence boost for the trio, as he looks to improve Wrexham’s goalscoring record.

“I’d like goals spread all the way through the team but the main thing is for the forward players to get those early goals and get that confidence boost straight away and we’ve got that,” he said.

“Bobby, JJ and Mark Harris have all scored now. Devonte created one the other night for Mark too and that will give him a boost.

“I don’t want Bobby and Mark to be wingers, I want them to be playing inside the structure, where they get into positions to hurt teams.”

Ahead of the trip to Kent, Hughes also delivered an injury update with Akil Wright back on the training pitch after his virus.

“Akil is going to train today. We’ve had the all clear from the doctor for him to pick up his training which is great news for us,” Hughes confirmed.

“We’re still waiting on Rob Lainton, who is going to be a couple of weeks.”

He added: “We’ll go to Dover in high spirits. Four points from two games, still unbeaten and we’ve put some really positive displays in.”

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