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Hughes: They are excellent going forward

Stanley defender Mark Hughes previews tomorrow afternoon's clash with Burton Albion

28 December 2019

Accrington Stanley defender Mark Hughes is expecting a tough test when the Reds face Burton Albion at the Wham Stadium tomorrow afternoon.

John Coleman's side come into the game on the back of a 1-0 away win over Blackpool, and Hughes admits that Sean McConville's late winner didn't come as a surprise to him.

"We have a never say die attitude, so late goals don't surprise me as I see the group day in day out and know the character of our lads.

"There's nothing quite like a late winner and as a defender a 1-0 win away from home is always a bit more special."

The Reds are currently unbeaten in the last six games, but the centre-back is fully aware that they have to take each game as it comes.

"I'm not really that bothered about what other clubs think about us as we can't control that, but you can see the confidence growing in the whole group.

"Football has a habit of biting you in the backside if you look too far ahead, so you have to take each game as it comes.

"We've been a team in the past that can go on unbeaten runs and also winless runs, so hopefully this is a start of run to push us up the league to where we want to be."

Both sides come into tomorrow's game in good form, and Hughes knows that Nigel Clough's side will be a very difficult opposition to face.

"Burton won't be easy, I think they're in a false position in the league table.

"They were one of the best teams if not the best when we played them last year, especially at their place.

"They are excellent going forward and have a lot of attacking threats.

"We have to keep up the standards we've been showing in recent weeks."

Hughes captained the side in the 1-0 win over Blackpool and the 33-year-old is also nearing his 200th appearance for the club.

"Captaining any club is always an honour but it doesn't really change me as a player on the pitch.

"I have played a lot of games now for the club.

"The backing of the management team and the fans have made it a lot easier for me to play my game."

There were 794 Reds fans that made the trip to Blackpool on Boxing Day, and the defender hopes that their support can help the club into the top half of the table come the New Year.

"The crowd were absolutely fantastic on Boxing Day and hopefully we gave them a great day out.

"To all the fans, we have two big home games coming up so I hope that you all get behind us to try and get us into the top half of the league come the New Year."


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