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26 February 2022



26 February 2022

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Mark Hughes was enthused by the Bantams’ performance in his first game as City manager, despite defeat to promotion-chasing Mansfield.

Nigel Clough’s side took all three points from West Yorkshire this afternoon after goals from Rhys Oates and Newcastle United loanee Matty Longstaff secured victory for the visitors, just two days after Hughes was appointed.

The new City boss believes there were plenty of positives for his side to take from the game - in spite of the result - and suggested it will be a platform to build from.

He said: “We started well, created some good opportunities and got into some good areas, but we just did not make the right decisions which has been the story of our season.

“It was a battling performance from us but conceding goals at key times killed us.

“We kept going and had a few good chances, but we came up short in the end.”

Hughes also touched on the fantastic welcome he received upon entry to the Utilita Energy Stadium, with a 14,500+-strong home crowd giving him a rousing reception.

The former Wales manager made sure to highlight what an impact the welcome had on him and wished to thank the supporters in the coming weeks with performances on the pitch.

He added: “I thought the crowd were magnificent, they stuck with us right until the end.

“We are obviously disappointed that we lost the game, but I had a great reception and it is up to me to make sure that continues.

“That means winning matches and that is what we need to do, for the fans.

“I thought they were brilliant.”

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