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3 December 2022



3 December 2022

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Mark Hughes was frustrated with the manner in which his side conceded “too many easy goals”, after this afternoon's defeat to Leyton Orient.

The Bantams' eight-game unbeaten streak away from home in the league came to an end at Brisbane Road, as they fell 3-0 to the league leaders. 

Despite being satisfied with City's first-half showing, Hughes admitted his side need to improve when creating clear-cut opportunities, with his side having gone close on a couple of occasions before falling behind.

He said: “We are conceding too many easy goals, and not creating enough clear opportunities. It is just details of the game we need to improve.

“They caught us out with our high line when we should have been playing the striker offside. He was on and was allowed a free shot and scored. 

“I am disappointed with our second-half performance. We could not get any momentum in the second half. 

“Being 2-0 up, they were allowed to sit back and slow things down - and that took the sting out of the game.

“We definitely started the brighter of the two sides, and had two good shouts for a penalty too. In the first half, we were excellent up to a point, and had some good opportunities.”

The Welshman insisted his side have to improve their game management and take chances when they come.

Hughes has urged the Bantams to now recover their momentum and tempo before another trip south to face Gillingham next Saturday.

The City chief added: “We need to take advantage of possession in key, threatening areas. It is all about game management. 

“We were the away side, so you have to take your chances when they come. When you concede first, it makes that a lot harder.

“We played reasonably well in the first half, but we need to do better controlling the game.

“We need to pick up momentum straight away. We are having a small run where we are not scoring goals and we need to address that immediately. 

“Our away record is still very good; today does not change that. 

“We have not been good today, but will work hard to get back on track for the next match.”

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