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HUGHES FRUSTRATED FOLLOWING CRAWLEY DRAW

29 October 2022

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Mark Hughes was left feeling frustrated after City’s 1-1 draw with Crawley Town this afternoon at the University of Bradford Stadium.

Hughes believes his side deserved more from the game based on their second-half performance, and was pleased with the amount of opportunities created after the break. 

He insisted the effort and endeavour was there from his side, but rued the Bantams not being able to finish the game off.

He said: “We did not get what we deserved, today. I thought certainly, in the second half, we really upped our work rate and intensity, and penned them in.

“We got a great goal and were really dominant in the second half. They got a little bit of a reward against the run of play, but we just could not get that goal to really settle the game.

“As we found out in midweek, you are always at risk if the opposition gets one opportunity.

“I was pleased with the second half and thought we really put a shift in and caused them problems. But, with the way we play, we will be caught in possession at times.

“In the first half, we did not really have enough quality. We had good possession, but just had a period where we were playing the ball a little impatiently and a little bit too soon. As a consequence, they were able to break a couple of times.

“We addressed that second half, and we were closer. There are things to work on once again, which is frustrating, but the level was good, and we will keep going. I am pleased enough with what we produced. We did not get the reward for our efforts today.”

Hughes heaped praise on winger Dion Pereira, who again impressed and got on the scoresheet for the first time this season.

The Bantams boss stressed the importance of having a clear week with a near-fully-fit squad to work with, and insists his side will be ready for next week’s match in the Emirates FA Cup against Harrogate Town.

He added: “It was good for Dion to get a goal, and I thought he played really well.

“I was pleased with him on Tuesday, and thought he was even better today. The goal capped off the performance so I am pleased for him. He put a shift in.

“We will have a clear week this week and that is important. We will get going and get our heads around what is happening this week, and make sure we are ready to go in the FA Cup.”

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