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Back to basics: Hughes

9 January 2018

Defender Mark Hughes says he isn't surprised to see Stanley back to winning ways after going back to basics.

The Reds despatched Chesterfield 4-0 at the Wham Stadium on Saturday, to move fourth in Sky Bet League Two.

Hughes opened the scoring as his side recorded back-to-back wins, but the former Everton man insists that despite the goals and another clean sheet, he agrees with boss John Coleman that there is still room for improvement.

"You can't complain with a 4-0 win," he said. " But, I understand what the manager is saying, I felt the same out on the pitch, you always want more and you always want to be better.

"I thought that we were fortunate to score two goals in the second half, they had a good go at us. I didn't think we played that great but sometimes in football if you make a good start to the game then the rest can take care of itself.

"After the run that we went on we took everything back to basics, which is working hard and getting into people's faces, the ugly side of the game.

"I think it's been no surprise that we're back to getting results because the football side seems to take care of itself because we know that we've got good players here."

Stanley now sit back in the play-off places, however the defender says that he and his teammates won't just settle with that.

"We're believers and we're always looking up," said Hughes. "We're lucky that we made such a good start to this season that we're still right up there even after losing four games on the bounce.

"A lot of other teams would be looking over their shoulders after a run like that.

"If we could have finished the Morecambe game then we might have saw ourselves sitting in that top three now, but it's all in our own hands and we'll take that."


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