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3 March 2022

Match Previews


3 March 2022

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Mark Hughes is looking for quality in his side's play, ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two visit of Swindon Town. 

The Bantams welcome the promotion-chasing Robins this weekend in what will be Hughes’ second game in the City dugout. 

Hughes insists he has been trying to implement a programme of quality sessions and, in turn, is seeing quality play during his first full week of training with the squad. 

He said: “I am just gauging the enthusiasm and quality of the work at the minute.

“It is about introducing the right ideas so they can take them on board in good time, and be able to use what they have done in training.

“I am not into quantity of work. I am interested in quality work that will improve players and, if I get what I want, on occasion, I will cut things shorter if I am happy with what I have seen.

“It is all about having demands and standards, in terms of work, which enables the team and individuals to grow.”

The City boss delved into his delight upon seeing the work ethic and attitude of his players, both in training and during his first game as manager.

Hughes touched on the desire his players show, and suggested that with his insight they can manoeuvre that energy into a more proactive system.

He added: “They are so desperate to do well that their work, at times, can be frenetic.

“It is energy that can be better used at times. It is sometimes used in the wrong direction.

“I have been impressed with the amount of energy the guys expend. Everyone puts a shift in, which is a given, because you must be prepared to work hard.

“We have an honest squad in terms of attitude and application, but need to be more dynamic when it really counts.

“If we can recognise those moments when we can be really dynamic, that is when we can really affect the opposition.”

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