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4 August 2022

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4 August 2022

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Mark Hughes is looking forward to seeing a packed-out away end at Holker Street, as his side prepares for its first away trip of the season against Barrow. 

Over 600 Bantams are set to descend on the SO Legal Stadium, in what is City’s first sold-out allocation of the campaign. 

Hughes is excited to see the travelling faithful after a memorable atmosphere last weekend, and insists his players head into the encounter aware of their hosts’ threats. 

The Bantams boss said: “The majority of our guys have experienced playing there. We obviously have Matty Platt who was there last season and knows all about them.

“You want to have a good start to the season as Barrow did last week, so we need to be ready for the confidence levels they will have.

“It is a little difficult to tell which way they will go in terms of their play, with a new manager in, but it is more about what we have been doing, and what we can do against opposition teams.

“Our allocation has sold out and we will have a full complement of away supporters there, which is fantastic once again, so we are looking forward to it. 

“There were not too many good things to come out of last weekend, but we are not going in too over-confident. Our focus is really strong on this game to make sure we put in a good performance and get a result.”

Hughes also discussed how one of this week’s main intentions in training has been focusing on how to break sides down in preparation for what he expects them to be faced with this season. 

After opening the campaign with a stalemate against Doncaster Rovers, he is looking for his side to be more clinical and find ways to get results. 

The City chief added: “We have trained really well, and focused on breaking teams down who sit in a low block, for future reference. 

“We want to recognise the areas we can attack if teams do want to sit in and make it difficult for us, and that is something we will continue to do.

“We expect to be facing it on a regular basis this season, so are working on which areas of the pitch we need to exploit when teams come and make it difficult. 

“I have been encouraging the players to be creative, and make sure we have the physicality and determination to get beyond people.

“We are not going to go away from that style of play. It is what we have worked on since I have walked through the door. It is the right way to go, and we need to convert our control in games to chances, to ensure we win.

“There is nothing of any concern at this stage very early on in the season. We have to get better, but it is up to us to make sure we improve.”

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