BRYAN HUGHES defended his decision to make wholesale changes for Monday's 4-2 defeat against Hartlepool United.

The Reds boss made six changes from the side that drew 1-1 at home to Barnet 48 hours earlier, although two were enforced as defenders James Jennings and Michael Chambers were ruled out through injury.

Luke Young, Mark Harris and Paul Rutherford dropped to the substitutes bench while Luke Summerfield was rested and didn't make the squad, with Mark Carrington, Jake Lawlor, Akil Wright, Adam Barton, Bobby Grant and Ben Tollitt coming into the team.

Despite making so many switches, Hughes doesn't feel that was the reason Wrexham suffered a second defeat of the season.

"I was always going to make changes," said Hughes.

"I had a few forced ones which were going to play; James wasn't right, he has been for an x-ray on his foot and Michael failed a fitness test on his ankle.

"But the other four I was going to change anyway just to freshen it up.

"Six changes, you can question it as if to say is it too many but I don't feel it was.

"We have got a good squad this year and I think everyone is challenging for everyone's position; people are itching to play.

"Akil came in and I thought he played well and Adam came in and did a steady job.

"It was just a little bit of lack of discipline at times defensively that did us, and that is not just the back four and midfield; that is everyone.

"We gave away the ball in critical areas high up the pitch which caused our back four to defend so we just need a little bit more know-how but that will come."

Hughes was also forced into an early change as striker JJ Hooper limped off with a groin injury.

"It is a concern," said Hughes. "JJ is a big focal point for us.

"He has hurt his groin. I don't know how bad it is but it was obviously not good enough for him to continue so he was a big loss, especially so early in the game.

"We will see how he is over the next few days."