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5 April 2023

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5 April 2023

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Mark Hughes praised the high morale within the Bantams' camp, as City aim to extend their unbeaten run to nine games when travelling to the Broadfield Stadium to face Crawley Town on Good Friday.

The Welshman encouraged his Bantams to “focus on themselves” and remain diligent against the West Sussex outfit, who are battling at the opposite end of the table.

Hughes spoke highly of the togetherness in the dressing room, and called for his side to make it difficult for the Red Devils. 

“The mood is very good, as you would imagine,” he said.

“The aim from everybody was to get the three points, after a run of drawn games, last week.

“Thankfully, we got the three points. We showed excellent resilience and character to win the game, and it is something we can build on. 

“On the back of Grimsby, confidence is high, and we are looking to go again.

“As always, we will have to look after what we can control. 

“Crawley will be disappointed for sure - as there was a lot of pre-season ambition surrounding them. 

“But, they are fighting for everything at the moment, so we have to make sure we do what we need to do.

“If we play to our potential, then we will make it very difficult for them.

“They have good players, as does every team in this division, so we have to be diligent and be prepared to make an impact when required.”

The Bantams boss is looking forward to seeing out his first full season in charge in West Yorkshire, while reflecting on and appreciating the collective and individual highs City have experienced so far this campaign. Despite this, he remains focused on each game as it comes.

Hughes recognises how pivotal a strong Easter weekend can be for the Bantams’ ambitions, and believes Friday, and Easter Monday’s visit of Sutton United, is a perfect time to lay down a statement to City’s promotion rivals.

“I have really enjoyed the season, so far,” he added.

“We have got to the point now where we are right in the mix for promotion. We wanted to be in and around the automatic spots when the season started, and we are not far behind.

“If we can carry on playing with confidence and using the fundamentals we have built this season, then we will achieve what we set out to do.

“We have had a lot of highs this season. Individually, we have players who are performing at the top of their game, and as a collective, including our supporters, we are united in what we want to achieve, and we can see that on the pitch.

“We are in a good place, but we need to focus on the next task at hand, which is another big three points on Friday.

“Everyone looks at the Easter period, because the games become thick and fast, and if you can get back-to-back wins you will make a statement.

“It is a great time to get six points on the board and you can really affect teams around you if you can get maximum points.

“Crawley is a difficult place to go, so we will need to be at our best, but I have confidence we can get the most out of the game.”

To secure tickets for City's Easter weekend fixtures against Crawley (away, Good Friday) and Sutton United (home, Easter Monday), please head over to our official ticketing website, HERE

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