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HUGHES HOPEFUL OF FOURTH-SUCCESSIVE WIN

15 September 2022

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Mark Hughes hopes his side can continue their winning form, as the Bantams look to stretch their unbeaten run to five matches against Stevenage.

City have won their last three in all competitions, and return to Sky Bet League Two action at the University of Bradford Stadium following a battling 2-1 triumph at Tranmere in midweek. 

The Welshman has called for his side to replicate the same tenacity and aggression they displayed at Prenton Park, when Boro visit West Yorkshire. 

He said: “I was pleased with a lot of things at Tranmere. We stood up well to the challenge, the physicality and balls into the box.

“We will face a similar test at the weekend so, hopefully, it will hold us in good stead. We have to continue to be a presence in both boxes, and that will help us massively.

“We have strength in depth, now. We want everyone to fight for their shirt. It keeps everybody on their toes.

“The guys in possession of their shirts allow the rest of the group in training to show they are really on top form.

“Whether the players are coming off the bench or making the start in cup competitions, they have to show what they are about.

“That is the reason we have bought these players to the club and made sure the fight for places is strong. It will only help us.”

The Bantams boss also spoke of his excitement ahead of a return to action at home, confessing how much he and the players relish games in BD8. 

City have not lost a league game on their own patch since March, and Hughes plans to make life difficult for Stevenage on Saturday. 

“We just all really look forward to playing at home,” he added.

“Matchday at Valley Parade is the one day you want to be involved in. It is true to say of all the players that they all enjoy the setting and the platform we have for showing their talents.

“We have by far the most-attended ground at this level, and that is credit to our fans. We are starting to use it to our advantage.

“Teams have been coming here in the past and enjoying playing in front of 18,000 spectators, but it is up to us now to make sure the opposition have no luck here.

“Stevenage are very direct, so we have to be ready for that. We just have to be creative, expansive and make sure we are making good chances to hopefully win the game.” 

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