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22 April 2023



22 April 2023

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Mark Hughes shared his frustration after his side conceded late on to draw 2-2 with Gillingham at the University of Bradford Stadium.

The Bantams boss took positives from the Bantams' second-half performance, admitting the balance was off in the first 45 minutes but was rectified after the break.

Hughes was however disappointed with conceding in the seventh minute of injury time, after City had again spun the game on its head after going in at the break behind.

“The goal at the end was hard to take,” he said.

“It was a sucker punch. It was another ball into the box - there was not a lot we could have done about it, it is just so hard to take.

“That is what can happen when balls go into your box (conceding the late goal), and that is what happened right at the death.

“I thought in the second half we were excellent. We spoke about the first half at half-time - we wanted a response, and we absolutely got that.

“Our balance was off in the first half, but we got the balance right in the second half.

“We got ourselves in a winning position, and that is a credit to the team.”

The Welshman was happy to see top goalscorer Andy Cook back on the scoresheet - praising how he stepped up and took responsibility to slot home his penalty, and his 29th goal of the season.

Hughes is embracing the final three games of the season coming up, as the Bantams travel to second-placed Northampton Town next Saturday, with the Sky Bet League Two season nearing its conclusion.

“He always takes that responsibility,” Hughes added.

“I am pleased for him. A great first goal and then his penalty. Penalties are never easy, I never liked taking them, so we are delighted for him.

“With three games to go, we have three games of significance. We have to enjoy it.

“There will be some anxious moments, moments you scratch your head, and moments you will show your emotion.

“That is what games at the end of the season do to you. We have to embrace it.”

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