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15 October 2022



15 October 2022

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Mark Hughes was pleased to see the Bantams "bounce back", after a 1-0 victory over Salford City moved them back up to fifth in Sky Bet League Two.

The Bantams boss praised his side’s movement without the ball, and felt City were comfortable against the Ammies, despite the narrow scoreline.

“I thought we were excellent today”, Hughes said.

“It was important for us to bounce back after last week. We knew what we did not do well, in terms of the opening period, and we clearly addressed that today.

“We were really good on the front foot and caught them by surprise a bit in the early stages.

“If I am honest, they had plenty of possession, and we knew that would be the case going into the game. But, that came in areas where we handled it well. They hardly troubled us.

“It was a very pleasing performance and result.”

Hughes lauded the showing from his entire side today, but in particular Ryan East - who came in to replace Alex Gilliead - and Andy Cook, whose 10th goal in Sky Bet League Two this season secured the Bantams' fourth-straight victory away from home.

The Peninsula Stadium also saw its highest fourth-tier attendance, with over 1,300 City fans making the trip, and Hughes was again more than impressed with the travelling turnout.

The Welshman added: “I trust the squad when we are forced to make changes. If Alex (Gilliead) cannot play, Ryan can come in and perform. We have lots of great options in every position.

“When they are needed, I have complete faith in them, and Ryan did that today.

“Andy played great again. He was a big part of what we were doing this week in training - connecting the play and ensuring we were not isolating the strikers. We supported him really well.

“He had the ball under control in good areas of the pitch that frustrated the opposition.

“Our fans were brilliant again. They always are.

“They were fantastic and we always need them, especially away, when the home side can have the momentum.

“We can always rely on them to carry us over the line. All in all, it was a pleasing watch from everyone on the pitch.”

City return to action in the Papa Johns Trophy at Burton Albion on Tuesday. CLICK HERE to purchase an iFollow video match pass. 

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