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29 September 2022

Match Previews


29 September 2022

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Mark Hughes praised his side's resilience in rescuing a late point against AFC Wimbledon, and hopes City can use that determination and mentality when travelling to Harrogate Town on Saturday.

Vadaine Oliver opened his account in claret and amber in the final minute of a 2-2 draw at the University of Bradford Stadium, and Hughes was pleased with his team's battling nature.

The Bantams boss wants to see his side continue building, as they go in search of their first win at the EnviroVent Stadium. 

He said: “It is good to have that resilience and the determination.

“You have to have the belief that you can put the ball into good areas and do good things.

“If you are a team trying to win, you need players with that idea. We always felt there was going to be one big opportunity for us last weekend, and we took it.

“It was looking like we were going to lose, so that was why it almost felt like a win.

“We will keep moving forward and hopefully pick up the three points on Saturday.”

Harrogate are without a win in Sky Bet League Two since late August, but Hughes admits there is a danger when playing a side desperate to turn their form around.

The Welshman addressed the record the Bantams have against their Yorkshire neighbours, and how his side are determined to turn the tide against Harrogate.

He added: “When you are on a poor run, you have managers and coaches looking at different ways to affect you as an opponent, and that is what we have to look out for on Saturday.

“Sometimes, it is difficult to judge how teams change things up, whether it be tactical or in terms of personnel, but it is all about what we want to do and how we execute.

“Our record is not great against Harrogate, home and away, so we want to make a change to that.

“I am looking forward to visiting the ground, personally. It is not too dissimilar to others at this level, so we will not be thrown off track.

“We know teams like to play the underdog card against us, but we face that week in, week out, so should be used to it by now.

“It has phased us in the past, but we want to make it so that Harrogate will have to play superbly to take anything from us on Saturday.”

Tickets for Saturday's clash are completely SOLD OUT, with admission not available on the day of the game.  

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