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19 July 2022



19 July 2022

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Mark Hughes was pleased with the way his side rose to the challenge of facing Sky Bet Championship side Sunderland, following last night's 2-0 pre-season victory.

Emmanuel Osadebe’s strike and a Jamie Walker penalty secured a first pre-season win at Valley Parade for the Bantams.

Hughes praised the enthusiasm of his players and their use of the ball in a number of different scenarios.

He said: “I thought our enthusiasm and general play in terms of moving the ball and pressing was very good, both defensively and in attack.

“It was good to go up against a higher level of opposition to test and engage ourselves. I thought it was a great test for us, and one we passed.

“We looked fit, despite the conditions. We do not have any outfield players who have managed a full 90 minutes yet, but it is all about building up the game time.

“We are well on track. When we are training together, everyone is getting better and stronger.”

With both Osadebe and Walker bagging their first goals of pre-season in the game, Hughes shared his contentment at the range of players who are contributing throughout pre-season. 

The Bantams boss added: “I am pleased with our options in attack. I thought the whole performance was really good, with the midfield and defence as well.

“The midfield was key to breaking things up and we look very dynamic in attack. We caused different types of problems as the game went on.

“I think this game was encouraging for us. Against Derby, we were probably slightly undercooked, and not quite ready for that level of team. 

“Yet, now, our fitness is better and we are getting to a place I am comfortable with, going into the first game.”

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