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HUGHES ‘REALLY PLEASED’ WITH TRANMERE WIN

14 September 2022

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Mark Hughes was pleased with how his City side matched Tranmere Rovers' physicality, after the Bantams came away from Prenton Park with their third-straight victory. 

Andy Cook's double saw the Bantams take all three points home from the Wirral, with their third victory in their last four league outings. 

Hughes praised how City took the game away from their hosts, and how their gameplan worked to perfection despite conceding early in the second half.

He said: “It was a difficult game, at times. It has always has been a test against Tranmere, under the lights.

“We have spoken about our reputation in this league, and we came here and played our football, but we had to stand up to the physical challenge as well.

“They were always going to put balls into our box, so we had to win that initial battle and match their physicality.

“In the second half, we had great moments and were able to take the game from them, so I am really pleased.

“Sometimes, you have to soak up pressure and deal with balls going into the box, and we did that really well.

“We looked threatening going forward and, once we got a foothold in possession, we saw the game out quite comfortably.”

The Welshman was complimentary of Cook’s individual performance, as his double in Birkenhead saw him reach nine goals in all competitions for the season, with his six in Sky Bet League Two currently making him the division's second-highest marksman. 

Hughes also thanked the City supporters for their backing, as just under a thousand packed into the away end. He hopes they can help the side continue gathering momentum.

“It was a great performance from Andy,” the Bantams boss added.

“It was not just his goals; it was his overall play that helped take the game from Tranmere.

“He did not get much help from the officials. The defenders were all over him and his shirt was torn, but that is what he does: he will fight for the team and this club.

“It was a fantastic night for everyone, including the fans. Again, a huge 'thank you'. Their backing will always get us through, and we are so grateful for them.” 

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