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Hughes ready to bounce back

29 January 2018

Mark Hughes is determined to use the frustration he felt following Saturday's defeat ahead of back-to-back home games at the Wham Stadium.

Stanley were edged out 2-1 at Crawley on Saturday and slipped out of the automatic promotion places.

But, with Stevenage coming to East Lancashire on Saturday before a re-arranged clash with Swindon on the following Tuesday, Hughes is eyeing an opportunity to climb back into the League Two automatic spots.

"It was a tough result to take," said the defender. "Especially to go two down for the second week in succession - we can't keep doing that.

"We created plenty of chances in the first half, but the first goal is always crucial in this league. They've scored the header and kicked on. I thought we had enough of the game to get something from it.

"We've got to regroup and be ready for two big home games next week. We're a team who want to win every game that we play.

"Back-to-back home games on Saturday and Tuesday gives us a chance to make up ground and get back into the top three again, we just have to keep pushing and working hard together."

Saturday's game at the Checkatrade.com Stadium saw a couple of strange goals. Hughes said he was disappointed with the way Crawley were allowed to score their second and then there was the own goal which gave Stanley a lifeline - a clearance bounced off the face of a home player and into the net.

"We're disappointed at the back with the second goal," he explained. "The lad's been able to tap it in without much pressure or anybody marking him.

"We know there are areas of our game that we must brush up on but I think anyone who has watched that game will say it could have easily gone either way.

"Our goal was a strange one, it was like a bit of pinball, their defender's cleared it straight into his own man and it has looped in. I thought here we go again, we can do something like last week.

"In the end we're a bit disappointed with how we finished, we gave sloppy passes away and didn't put them under the pressure we wanted to."


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