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22 October 2022



22 October 2022

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Mark Hughes admitted his side could have taken more from this afternoon's game, after the Bantams were held to a goalless draw against Grimsby Town.

The spoils were shared at Blundell Park after a first half in which City created opportunities to score, though were made to soak up Grimsby pressure after the break.

The Welshman praised his side's conduct against a side that had only lost twice in their past 12 league games, but insists the Bantams need to be more brave and play with more confidence.

Hughes said: “It was a point won today, for sure. Our levels were not great.

“We created a number of good chances, certainly in the first half. We just had to be a little more careful and pick the right pass, and we could have had more clear-cut chances.

“The second half, though, we were a fair way off it. Their support got louder so that made it more difficult for us. We had to manage the game, which we did not do particularly well today.

“We have taken points away from a side in good form, but there is a feeling of disappointment because we could have had more.

“We are making it difficult for teams to overcome us, so we will take that out of it.

“It was a tough battle, but a lot of our poor play was through individual errors. We have to be really sure in what we do.

“You want to come to these places and disappoint people. There was a number of times when we hurried into things when we did not need to.

“We know we can do better, and that there was a dip in our level today, so we are conscious of that.”

Hughes was pleased with his side's defensive efforts, as the backline stood firm to keep its sixth clean sheet of the campaign amid Mariners pressure in the second period.

The City chief does however hope his side can limit the amount of opportunities they concede to opponents, and is looking for improvements at home to Swindon Town on Tuesday night. 

He added: “The defence did great today. We got bodies in front of goal, and Harry Lewis did well with a number of saves, which we were thankful for.

“I was just more concerned with the play leading up to it. It is always difficult when teams go from the back to the front; you have got to win the initial ball.

“The number of times we did not really anticipate things, and just reacted to situations, meant that mistakes were made.

“We have got away with it to some extent, so we have a lot to thank our defence for.

“I have a real sense we will be a lot better on Tuesday. It is important we continue to pick up points.

“It will be another test, that we will analyse in the week, but we have to recognise early what the opposition want to do and we have to react stronger and quicker, myself included.

“We can learn from today and continue picking up points. We will make sure, on Tuesday, we are ready to go again.”

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