HUGHES | "We’ve got a lot of miles to get in the tank so it’s about keeping the focus"

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Wed 13 Feb 2019

Wrexham manager Bryan Hughes is keen to keep his players focussed ahead of a difficult week with three big away trips to undertake.

Already scheduled to play back-to-back away games at Havant & Waterlooville on Saturday and Gateshead the following weekend, the re-arranged trip to Boreham Wood has now been added between them.

But Hughes reiterated his faith in the whole squad, impressing the need for every player – not just the regular starters – to be ready to prove themselves when called upon.

“It would have been nice if it could have been the week after but we’ve just got to deal with it now,” Hughes said of the re-arranged fixture.

“The biggest thing for me is that the players could be mentally fatigued from all the travelling. We’ve got a lot of miles to get in the tank so it’s about keeping the focus and giving them as much rest as possible as and when we can but also getting the quality that we need on the training ground.

“It’s going to be a tough week next week but we’re looking forward to it.

“First and foremost, we have to take each game as it comes – that old cliché – and not worry about other teams. It’s about how we prepare and how we plan.”

Bryan Hughes

Hughes admitted he will probably be without Kevin Roberts at the weekend, however, with the right-back suffering a calf injury and likely to join Luke Summerfield on the sidelines.

But the manager will also not be rushing players back, keen to avoid any longer term injuries ahead of the final run-in.

“We’ve got a few niggles from last weekend’s game,” he admitted. “Kevin Roberts is a major doubt at the moment so that’s a big loss, especially being a big part of that back four with all the clean sheets we’ve had.

“I think this weekend might come too soon for Luke Summerfield [too]. We want to get him back in as soon as possible but the most important thing for me is that he doesn’t break down again.

“Roberts had a calf injury a couple of weeks ago and now he’s got a similar sort of injury, which might make him doubtful for this game, so it’s about getting the players right and not forcing them back too soon, because I don’t want them breaking down at this stage of the season.

“We’ve got a strong first-team squad here, all capable of coming into that starting XI and coming into the 16.

“What I need to do is make sure these boys are ready when they do get called upon and keep that desire that they want to be successful.

“All these guys have been working hard in training and they’re going to be ready if they’re needed.”

Hughes added: “The enthusiasm has been there right from day one on the training ground. There are qualities there that I like from all of them.

“It’s just about getting the right formula to get us the goals that can help us build momentum this season.

“There’s a build up to that as well, it’s not just the goalscorers but the final pass, or cross. It’s the finer details so we’ve been looking at that a bit more in training this week.”

Wrexham travel to Havant & Waterlooville on Saturday. For ticket and travel information, check out our guide.

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