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8 November 2022



8 November 2022

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Mark Hughes admired his side's "outstanding" performance as his Bantams returned to winning ways in Sky Bet League Two with a 2-1 victory at Mansfield Town.

City went 2-0 up at the One Call Stadium with goals from Richie Smallwood and Andy Cook, though were made to play over half an hour with 10 men after Matty Platt's dismissal. 

Hughes commended the work ethic of his whole squad, and was “proud of the character”, as City battled to take home all three points.

He said: “I am really pleased. It was so important we bounced back from the weekend. 

“Today, we were completely different from the Harrogate game. We were brilliant from start to finish.

“Going down to 10 men could have damaged us, but the lads stuck at it and got a great result.

“We had to dig in, each and every one of us. Everyone who played a part deserves credit tonight and needs to congratulate themselves.

“We were a threat throughout the game, and absolutely deserved the win. Those are the characters we are going to have to display throughout the rest of the year. 

“If you are on a run where you are not getting results, you just have to keep persevering. It was important we bounced back with three points on the board.

“It is not easy to come to these places, but we coped and did very well in seeing out the game.”

Hughes also reflected fondly on the supporters as over 1,400 Bantams travelled to Field Mill.

The Welshman admitted they were needed more than ever as the Bantams fought over the finish line and hopes his side can build on the momentum at Sutton United on Saturday. 

Hughes added: “The fans were magnificent. They were cheering from start to finish.

“We were all enjoying our performance. Of course, there was concern when we went down to 10 men. Once they understood they were needed to take us across the line, they were amazing.

“That was why we all went over and congratulated them. We owe a lot to them. 

“The win puts us in good heart and we are able to get back on track. 

“Everybody will be looking forward to the game at the weekend. It will not be easy against a side who play a certain way, but we have the desire and commitment to go really far.

“If we show that on Saturday, and play the same as tonight, we should get another three points.”

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