HUGHES | "You could see the characters come out"

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 03 Aug 2019

Bryan Hughes hailed the character of his Wrexham AFC players, as the Dragons came from behind to beat Barrow on the opening day.

After falling behind early on, JJ Hooper scored his first goal for the club after the break and then set up Bobby Grant’s winner.

And Hughes was pleased to see his faith in the squad pay-off, believing Wrexham deserved the win.

“I’ve got a lot of belief in these players,” he said. “We addressed a few things at half-time and they showed great character to come back in the second half.

“It could have been more. We had numerous opportunities but we’ll settle for a win.

“They scored early from a set piece, like they did last year, but we’ve learned from that. You could see the characters come out, especially at the start of the second-half.

“We started on the front foot and got right at Barrow, got an early goal and I thought we settled right into the game then.”

Hughes also hailed his two goalscorers, and hopes Hooper’s debut performance will be a sign of more to come.

“He was fantastic,” he said. “He led the line well. When you’re looking in the off season at recruitment, and looking at personnel, JJ was always one of the ones high on my list.

“It will do his confidence the world of good getting the goal but also he got the assist as well.

“It was a fantastic bit of hold-up play and a little shimmy to set it up and a fantastic cross for Bobby Grant at the back post. The players are all feeding off him as well.

“It’s great for Bobby. I felt like he was getting a bit frustrated first-half, but we sorted it at half-time for him to get more of an impact. If you want anyone arriving there at the back post, given Bobby’s form, it’s him.

“Overall, I think we were good value for our win.”

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