BRYAN HUGHES believes 90 points could be enough to clinch automatic promotion but the Reds boss admits his side need to buck their ideas up to stand a chance of winning the title.

Wrexham sit third in the National League on 72 points but the Reds only have six games left, starting with Saturday's trip to play-off hopefuls Ebbsfleet United.

The likelihood of winning all six matches to reach what Hughes feels could be the magical mark seems remote given Wrexham's current form, with the Reds heading to Stonebridge Road on the back of three defeats in their last four outings. Leaders Leyton Orient are also four points ahead of Wrexham with two games in hand.

But Hughes is still setting his sights high and if Wrexham miss out on top spot, he wants to go into the play-offs with some form.

"There's lots still to play for, there's 18 points at stake and if we win all six games that gives us 90 points," said Hughes.

"I said when I came in I think that might be enough to win the league but we have got to win the six games and that is the difficult part of it, especially in our current form.

"I am not a fool to think we have hit a bit of a wall.

"Performances haven't been to my liking at times but we have ground results out. But three defeats in four, I am wary of that and we need to stop it soon.

"If we end up in a play-off place you want to go into the play-offs in a rich vein of form so the next six games are going to be critical."

The latest defeat came on Saturday when Wrexham produced a poor performance and suffered a 1-0 loss at mid-table Hartlepool United.

Hughes admits morale was low following the final whistle but insists Wrexham can ill afford to dwell on what happened at Victoria Park with so much to play for, and a tough game against eighth placed Ebbsfleet next up.

"The dressing room was low after the game," said Hughes.

"Once I'd said what I had to say, the players were quiet reflecting on it.

"They have had time to reflect now, we have reflected as a group and pin-pointed some of the mistakes that we made that we have to rectify going forward.

"We have tried to put that to bed and look forward to Ebbsfleet, try and pick the players up.

"It's a critical stage of the season and we need to be right behind these players now."

Hughes was at The Shay to see Ebbsfleet draw 0-0 against Halifax Town on Tuesday.

Although he is expecting a difficult game against a Fleet side that have put themselves back in play-off contention, the Reds boss is looking for a response from his players.

"Ebbsfleet are organised, they are powerful, they are big and strong," said Hughes.

"They are on a good run, they have only lost one of their last eight games and they have given themselves a fighting chance of the play-offs.

"It is going to be a tough game for us but I am looking more for a response from us, try and get back on track. It is a good opportunity for us.

"The players are hurting anyway. No-one goes into games trying to lose games, it is just circumstances.

"It is fine margins in this league. Fine margins win games and at the moment it is not going for us in that respect.

"We can't rely on anything else, it is about us preparing right, planning and hopefully getting the rub of the green when we need to over the next six games, and we'll see where we end up."