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HUGHES: ‘STEVENAGE WIN IS A STATEMENT’

17 September 2022

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Mark Hughes again lauded his players' endeavour and battle, after they secured an emphatic 3-0 victory over Stevenage. 

Boro travelled to West Yorkshire second in the table, and Hughes commended his side's physicality in overcoming another difficult opponent.

The Welshman believes his side can take a lot of confidence from a strong showing at the University of Bradford Stadium.

He said: “I thought we played really well. After a fantastic performance in midweek, we have gone again today.

“Stevenage are a side who will ask questions of you physically, and we stood up to that and let our football do the talking.

“It can be difficult to play against these teams. It is about decision making and attacking at the right time, and I felt we did that today.

“Their record this year so far shows they can cause problems, so for us to beat them 3-0 is a real statement.

“As a group, we have been tested with our physicality and our ability to withstand a challenge. This week, we have answered that.

“We are going to come up against this challenge on more occasions, but we can gain real confidence. We have had two big tests with Tranmere and Stevenage, and have passed them with flying colours.”

Tyreik Wright, in his first full start for the Bantams, impressed Hughes with his flair and creative composure, and the Bantams boss believes he can only improve in claret and amber.

He admitted everyone at the club is “looking forward to every match”, as City secured their fourth-consecutive win in all competitions.

Hughes added: “I am pleased for Tyreik. He has got a lot of pace, but technically, he is a great player.

“He is calm in possession and understands where he is on the pitch. A sign of a good player is when they look like they have more time on the ball than any other player.

“His goal is a bonus. It is not an expectation every week for him to score, but it was great for him, on his debut. 

“We are looking forward to every single match. Every time we play, we are excited to perform.

“We do not hope to play well, we expect to play well. That is a sign of a confident side, and the level we are hitting at the moment.

“We have to maintain that. It is not going to be easy, but we have got the potential and the depth to allow us to succeed.”

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