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31 March 2022

Match Previews


31 March 2022

Mark Hughes is looking forward to the test Bristol Rovers will offer his side, ahead of this weekend’s trip to The Memorial Stadium.

The Bantams boast a 100% record on the road during Hughes’ tenure, but this weekend’s fixture will be a tough hurdle to overcome if they wish to maintain that streak.

Hughes will match up against another former player, having managed Joey Barton during the pair’s time at QPR, and believes it will be another good chance to gauge City’s resolve.

He said: “They are a good footballing side. Joey has gone there and clearly made an impression on the way they play.

“It is not going to be easy, by any stretch of the imagination.

“The confidence they have got comes from winning games which will make it doubly difficult.

“I still feel excited by it. I feel it is another test to measure where we are up to at the moment and we will take it for that.”

Despite City’s stable league position, Hughes believes there are plenty of reasons to finish the season as best as they can.

With a number of players vying for contracts, on top of the Welshman’s desire to understand his squad, the Bantams' challenging end to the season is integral to Hughes.

He added: “It was always about finishing the season strongly.

“We want to win with predominantly wins rather than draws or losses. There are plenty of players playing for contracts so it suits everybody.

“There is still a lot to play for from my point of view, so we need the performance levels to be maintained.”

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