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5 March 2022



5 March 2022

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Mark Hughes praised the progress his side showed this afternoon, despite City’s last-minute loss to promotion-chasing Swindon Town.

A spirited performance left the Bantams aggrieved after former City man Jack Payne snatched all three points from the penalty spot.

Hughes expressed his dismay at his side's misfortune, but credited a strong performance and highlighted the successes of the game.

He said: “Credit to the lads, I thought they were excellent today.

“Everybody could see that we were working on certain things - passing, creating chances - certainly in the first half.

“At the quarter-of-an-hour mark we had three or four really good chances. The reality is we need to put those away.

“It is disappointing for the group because we deserved something from the game, but overall I am really pleased with what the lads produced.”

Over 15,000 supporters descended on the Utilita Energy Stadium and Hughes made sure to highlight the impact of the City faithful.

The Welshman hinted at a sense of unity between players and fans as they exchanged applause despite the late disappointment.

He added: “I think it is important for us to acknowledge the crowd. I thought they were excellent again today.

“We are going to need them from now until the end of the season.

“I think everyone in the stadium acknowledged that it was a huge effort from the group.

“We came up short, through a bit of misfortune at the end, but I am more than pleased with what we produced today.”

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