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HUGHES STILL EYES IMPROVEMENTS AHEAD OF COLCHESTER TRIP

16 August 2022

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After securing a first victory of the season on Saturday, Mark Hughes hopes to carry momentum and keep improving ahead of tonight's trip to Colchester United. 

Hughes admitted “the season is a work in progress”, and despite wins against Hull City and Newport County, the Bantams boss feels his side still has plenty of room to grow. 

He said: “In the second half on Saturday, there were certain things we did which, on reflection, we did not need to do. That is the progress of every game - win, lose or draw.

“We try to have a learning environment where every game is an opportunity to take something away from.

“There were positives and negatives on Saturday, so it is about taking information out of the games, and using it to make us better.

“We have done well up to now, especially as this is a totally new team. This summer has been a big change and, at times, we will not be as fluent as we can be, but we are learning and building on that.”

Hughes is looking for redemption at the JobServe Community Stadium tonight, after last year's 3-0 defeat in Essex. 

He added: “It is not going to be easy, and they will make it difficult for us. It is a new group to the one that lost that day, but I am still here, so we all want to address that and put it right.

“We have got to keep doing the things we know affect our opponents. When we do that, and do it correctly, we cause problems to the opposition, and we can do that against Colchester.

“Sometimes, teams can surprise you, so we will have to wait and see what their approach is.

“It could be a bonus for us that they have not won yet. They might be a little more open.

“We have found it difficult to break down teams, at times. If they feel like they need to get on the front foot, that might be an opportunity for us to exploit spaces and cause them real problems.”

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