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HUGHES MOTIVATED BY MOMENTUM

28 April 2022

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Mark Hughes is looking to turn his first win on home soil into a run of form to take into next season, ahead of City’s trip to Sutton United.

Last weekend’s victory over Scunthorpe United saw City return to winning ways, after defeat at Colchester United on Easter Monday. 

The Bantams boss is fully focused on the final two games of the season and is hoping to build confidence around the club, heading into his first full campaign in West Yorkshire.

He said: “I mentioned momentum is vitally important and I have been really pleased with the work we have been able to put into the guys.

“It is evident we are playing in a different way, a way that once we are really strong we will become a very good team.

“I am encouraged about what has been a good start, but the real start is next year.

“Next season will be the real test. When we start, we need to hit the ground running.”

Looking ahead to next season, the 58-year-old broached the weight of expectation which comes with the City shirt.

Hughes spoke of his desire to build a squad that Bantams fans could be proud of, and one that can deal with the pressure of playing in front of such a large crowd.

He added: “It is an acknowledgement that you need to have something about you to play at Valley Parade.

“You have got to be able to deal with the expectation, and in terms of recruitment, there will be a freshness to the squad.

“Maybe that scarring will be diluted due to the fresh bodies and people who we feel are able to play in front of big crowds.”

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