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27 August 2022



27 August 2022

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Mark Hughes was frustrated with the Bantams’ performance as, despite dominating possession, City drew 0-0 against Crewe Alexandra.

The Welshman admitted his side needed to show more creativity and sharpness in attacking areas in a match which Hughes felt City were again on the receiving end of refereeing decisions.

He said: “It was a frustrating day. I thought we dominated the game, but we were flat at times and that affected how quickly we moved the ball.

“They were able to get players in wide areas and be comfortable in possession, and we found it difficult to create at the top end of the pitch.

“We needed more craft and guile, but also we need the referee to do a little bit better with our decisions at the end.

“We need to have that patience to open up play and make sure we exploit the opposition when they are weak.

“We deserved the three points, but it is a point on the board and we can now focus on improving up top.”

Despite failing to make it back-to-back league victories, City are still yet to concede at the University of Bradford Stadium in Sky Bet League Two.

Hughes believes the defence have the foundations in place to allow the whole team to cause opponents damage.

“We need to be resilient and careful defensively, when teams put players behind the ball and allow you to play in front of them,” he added. 

“If you knock the ball aimlessly, then you are going to lose possession, and that is when you are likely to get done on counter-attacks, so full credit to the defence today.

“The two centre-halves played excellent. All the defensive work was really good.

“We never really had any issues today from Crewe, so we are disappointed because we did more than enough to win the game.”

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