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HUGHES FRUSTRATED BY CITY DROP-OFF

2 April 2022

Mark Hughes was left disappointed by his side's level of performance in this afternoon’s 2-1 loss to Bristol Rovers.

Despite taking the lead early in the second half, the Bantams suffered defeat in the West Country - Hughes’ first loss on the road in charge of City. 

A run of improved displays had led the Welshman to expect more from his side, and he believes today’s performance was not up to recent standards.

He said: “On the day we were just a little bit down on where I expected us to be in terms of performance level.

“Maybe we had too many just a little bit off from where we have been in recent weeks.

“At times we were just a half a yard short. That is disappointing.

“I think we are better than we were today, I know we are better than we were today.”

Hughes was quick to analyse the defeat, citing his players' decision making as a contributing factor. 

The 58-year-old argued it can be mended, but must improve if City are to beat promotion-chasing sides.

He added: “I think we had good opportunities with our attacking players in good areas but we lacked that care on the final pass.

“A couple of times we broke and it just needed that simple ball and those are the things you need to get right.

“I think we lacked a little bit of resolve today.

“We just needed to be a little bit clearer minded at times, in certain situations, especially in the key areas where sometimes our decision making was not what it should be.”


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