BRYAN HUGHES says fan-power can help Wrexham realise their promotion dream.

The National League leaders return to The Racecourse on Saturday after three successive away games and ticket sales suggest there will be a bumper crowd for the visit of Chesterfield.

Hughes, who played in the Premier League for three different clubs, was used to turning out in front of big attendances and admits supporters can make a difference.

"I said from the first day I came in that I want to get that unified approach and the fans have a big part to play," said Hughes.

"They are key to us being successful.

"A big crowd will be great and hopefully you get a reaction from the players. I was used to playing in front of good crowds at Wrexham and my other clubs.

"It does make a difference to your mentality, it seems to give everyone a lift.

"The fans become the 12th man and sometimes get you over the line."

Hughes is looking forward to being back at home after travelling more than 1,200 miles last week, with Wrexham taking seven points from a possible nine at Havant, Boreham Wood and Gateshead.

"It is nice to get home after three long away games, even though we had fantastic a following everywhere," said Hughes.

Brian Flynn has been appointed assistant manager and will be back at The Racecourse where he enjoyed a successful 12 year spell as manager.

"It will be a special occasion," added Hughes.

"Brian will be back for his first home game, hopefully fans will come out in numbers and it looks like they are."