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16 July 2022



16 July 2022

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Mark Hughes was encouraged by a "strong" performance from his Bantams - after this afternoon's 4-1 pre-season victory at York City. 

Goals from Kian Scales, Andy Cook, Lee Angol, and loanee signing Kian Harratt ensured the Bantams picked up their second triumph of pre-season, with the start of the campaign just two weeks away.

Hughes classed the afternoon as a useful exercise, and was pleased with his players' showing. 

He said: “It was a good exercise for us. The conditions were difficult, so I thought the lads acquitted themselves really well.

“We did the correct things for majority of the game and I was pleased with our work throughout the team.

“We were calm and patient in possession and when we quickened it up at the top end of the pitch we looked really strong and threatening.

“That is encouraging for us moving forward. Those are the things we have worked on in training and we have got a couple of weeks to really hone that.”

Hughes was also thrilled with the attacking input, with four different goal-scorers getting on the scoresheet in the Saturday sunshine.

The variety of how the Bantams got forward in dangerous positions also pleased Hughes.

He added: “What is shows us is that we have lots of different options.

“There were a couple of things today. Lee (Angol) on the left-hand side, in particular, I thought did well. He is an option for us.

“He really affected us there and in the middle and the pace there with Kian (Harratt) and Jake (Young) can really upset teams.

“Many combinations of our front players can cause problems for the opposition. 

“Taking the opportunity to look at a number of players in different positions is really helpful.”

Hughes' men are back in action at Valley Parade against Sunderland on Tuesday. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets. 

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