JASON OSWELL insists the departure of Bryan Hughes won’t affect him as the striker focuses on playing his part in reviving Wrexham’s fortunes.

Tuesday’s 3-2 defeat against AFC Fylde kept Wrexham in the National League relegation zone, with the winless run stretching to eight games.

A section of the travelling support at Mill Farm called for Hughes’ head and they had their wish granted when Hughes left late on Wednesday night.

With off-the-field matters out of the players’ hands, Oswell’s only concern is being ready for another big game against fellow strugglers Ebbsfleet United at The Racecourse today.

“Managers always come in for stick,” said Oswell. “Real Madrid lose one game at the start of the season and Zinedine Zidane gets stick. That’s what they have got to deal with, he knows that is the case of being a manager.

“All we can do is control the controllables; I will do the same exercises that I do every day, I will train as hard as I do every time and I will get ready for Ebbsfleet.”

Oswell cited an improved performance against Fylde, where Wrexham led twice, as an indication that a long-awaited win is coming.

"We have just got to keep working hard," said Oswell.

"The performances are coming, the team has definitely got enough quality in it to succeed and it's just needing that little bit of tough mentality and little bit of luck to get over the line, and get three points.

"But I am confident we will get back to winning ways and we will push up the league."

Oswell's goal on the stroke of half time put Wrexham 2-1 ahead but a second goalkeeping error by Christian Dibble enabled Fylde to level before the hosts scored a winner, and the striker was disappointed the Reds fail to build on an impressive opening period performance.

"Football is a team game and we came for a win," said Oswell.

"It was a very good first half performance and we might have been able to get a couple more goals.

"It was a good feeling going it at half-time 2-1 up, we came back out and Fylde changed the formation a little bit.

"We struggled a little bit in the first 20 minutes to get a hold in the game like we did first half and they caught us with two goals.

"We had a go at the end and thought we might nick one back but unfortunately we did not get it."

Oswell, who arrived at The Racecourse from Morecambe in January but only scored one goal for the Reds in the second half of last season, has been handed more opportunities with JJ Hooper missing through injury.

Pleased with recent performances, Oswell bagged his second goal in four games at Fylde and the frontman feels having more game-time has given him a chance to show what he can do.

"Since I came to Wrexham, I haven't played to what my expectations are but I think having a few games under my belt, I am starting to show what I can do," said Oswell.

"Everybody is starting to realise what type of player I am.

"I am just working hard, trying to do as much for the team as possible.

"But a striker needs goals, it gives you confidence and hopefully that will continue."