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11 August 2022

Match Previews


11 August 2022

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Mark Hughes has called for his side to continue in the same vein of form that knocked Hull City out of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, ahead of Saturday's visit of Newport County. 

The Bantams face the Welsh side looking for their first league victory of the season, and Hughes believes the momentum built in the victory over the Tigers can kickstart their campaign.

He said: “We want to continue winning. It is important we go on a run now.

“The first two games were disappointing, but last Tuesday showed everything we have been working on, and was the closest to where we need to be this season.

“That is encouraging, because I feel we can better our performances and we are all looking forward to Saturday.

“We are most likely to dominate possession against sides in League Two. That is how the last two games have panned out and that will probably continue. We have shown against Hull that if we lack that control in possession, we can go other ways.

“Having that ability to react and adjust to what the opposition are setting us shows we have more than one gameplan and we will need that variation to our game on Saturday, and throughout the season.”

Similarly to the Bantams, the Exiles are also looking for their first victory in Sky Bet League Two, having started the campaign with a defeat and a draw.

The City boss however intends to make life difficult for opposition teams to take three points from the University of Bradford Stadium this season.

“Last year, we were conscious of the fact that too many teams came to Valley Parade and had an enjoyable experience.

“That is not our intention this year. We want teams turning up and thinking they have to play exceptionally to get anything from the game.

“We have the ability to do that. We always want to improve, particularly going forward. We have great options, and everyone is fighting for places.

“We have to keep going and hope that, momentum wise, we are in a good place for Saturday and the rest of the season.”

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