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13 August 2022

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13 August 2022

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Mark Hughes applauded his side's performance and believes victory was exactly what the team needed, as the Bantams secured their first three points of the Sky Bet League Two campaign, with a 2-0 win over Newport County.

Hughes insisted he was aware of Newport’s gameplan and how they tried to “lock” the Bantams in.

Overall, though, he credited his players as City’s game management helped them keep a clean sheet at the University of Bradford Stadium.

Hughes said: “I thought we were good value, today. In fairness to Newport, down to 10 men in the second half, they kept us occupied.

“We could have created more chances in the second period, but we navigated through the game quite easily, with no real scares.

“We were fairly comfortable and scored two good goals. It was important to get the first home win and we have done that. We are unbeaten at home and, even if it is only two games, we are on a run.

“They kept two men up front and tried to lock us in. It was not going to be easy to break them down. We have had experience of that against Doncaster, but we got the job done.

“The order of the day was to get the first three points, and that is what we have been able to achieve.”

Hughes hopes his side can build on the victory, and that the team's resilience at home will help kickstart the Bantams' season. 

The City chief added: “We talked about going on a run and making sure we were difficult to beat here. We have shown signs today that teams can come here and respect the ability we have got.

“Perhaps opposition will not come at us like they have in the past and that is credit to how we have played and the message we have got out today.

“There are areas of our play that we can clearly work on, but as the season progresses, I fully expect us to improve even more.”

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