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HUGHES: ‘NO APPREHENSION’ AHEAD OF ORIENT TEST

1 December 2022

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Mark Hughes is relishing Saturday's trip to table-toppers Leyton Orient, and hopes for an improved display at Brisbane Road.

After over a week without a fixture, the City boss believes the small break has allowed his players to physically and mentally recover.

Hughes insists the side can now focus on their positives so far this season, as they look to be victorious once again in the capital.

He said: “It is going to be tough against a side at the top of the table, but it is a perfect chance to damage their position. 

“We had the chance to do so against Northampton, but we did not take it. Up to a point, I thought we did well against them, so we are looking to improve on Saturday. 

“They are a good side who get the ball down well, but we do not feel any apprehension. It will be a entertaining game of football.

“The importance of the first goal will be paramount. If we can do that, I back us to win the game.

“We felt like we needed a little break, just a small rest. I feel that will do us good. 

“It was a natural break without a game, so we used it to our benefit. I am happy we have come back in this week and have been really bright in our work. 

“Physically, we were fine, but sometimes a bit of a mental break is needed. I think we will benefit from it, and we will find out at the weekend as to whether it has worked. 

“We have been working on the levels we have hit already, and our application going forward. We have come back off poor results and performances already this season, so it is all about bouncing back again.”

City are without a defeat away from home in seven matches in the league, with their last coming midway through August, and Hughes hopes to carry that confidence and momentum to East London on Saturday.

The Bantams boss further addressed his side’s busy schedule over December, and admitted it is crucial to continue picking up points, to allow City to “establish themselves as a top team” in Sky Bet League Two.

“Our away form is exceptional, so we will look to carry on with that on Saturday,” the Welshman added. 

“We are managing to get wins away from home, irrespective of who we play.

“If we go into the game with that confidence winning away from home brings you, then there is no reason why we cannot come home with the three points.

“Christmas is coming and it is always a busy period, so we need to be picking up good points when games are coming thick and fast.

“If we do that, we can really establish ourselves as a top team. 

“There is still a lot of games to play and a lot of twist and turns, but our ambitions are still the same. 

“We do not fear anyone in the league, so bring on Saturday.”

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