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18 April 2023



18 April 2023

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Mark Hughes shared his frustration at City’s narrow 1-0 defeat to Swindon Town at the County Ground, admitting leaving Wiltshire empty-handed was “tough to take”.

The City chief was disappointed that his side could not take advantage of the chances they created in the first half, and added that the Bantams have to recognise opposition’s threats sooner.

“It is a tough one to take,” he said.

“We are all disappointed. In the first half, we had a number of chances to take the game away from Swindon.

“We had 12 shots in the first half, and we were not able to convert any of them. When you have big numbers like that, all you need to do is score at least one.

“Swindon did well to limit our opportunities in the second, though I feel we had chances to more than finish the game off.

“In the end, it was disappointing to concede. We had to recognise earlier that the game was coming away from us.

“We were probing and making chances - it is not like we could not break them down. All we needed to do was score.”

The Welshman stressed the importance of converting chances - especially at the business end of the season - and encouraged his players to remain creative and confident throughout the 90 minutes. 

Hughes concluded that his side lost their sharpness which had seen them score 12 goals in the last four games, but is hoping to “get back to winning ways” when City host Gillingham on Saturday.

“It is crucial to take those chances,” Hughes added.

“We always talk about being clinical, and at this stage of the season, we have to be in a position where we convert.

“All it takes is once, but we cannot rely on that. We had to be more ready with the ball, and we failed to react.

“We knew what Swindon were capable off. They have good quality and a lot of pace in areas, which we were not mindful enough of.

“We were ready to go tonight, and extend that unbeaten run. Ultimately, we could not find the final clinical touch to take the three points.

“We will go again at the weekend, and we look forward to hopefully getting back to winning ways.”

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