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1 April 2023



1 April 2023

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Mark Hughes was pleased with the maturity his players showed after an "excellent" second half where his City side came from behind to beat Grimsby Town at the University of Bradford Stadium.

The Bantams boss was encouraged by how his players found their way back into the game, showing how far - in his view - the squad has come since the start of the season.

“We showed a good level of maturity, and have a group of players that know what is required,” he said.

“(Matt) Derbs came in, showed all of his experience. That is one of the reasons we brought him to the club.

“We steadied ourselves and got back on level terms just after the substitution.

“Our change of shape helped us, and we got a real foothold in the game.

“Once we got the lead, we were able to see out the game comfortably. It was a really satisfying result and performance.

“In the second half, I thought we were excellent. We created chances and we tested their 'keeper.

“All in all, it was a very satisfying performance and a lot of our characters showed up today.” 

The Bantams boss is looking forward to getting more players back from injury to continue breeding the positive environment in and around the squad.

The Welshman is looking forward to getting back into a good rhythm of games after the side's 10-day rest, starting with Good Friday's trip to Crawley Town.

“It is a really important period,” Hughes added.

“Derbs is not ready to be starting games, but I am sure he will benefit from another week worth of training.

“Both Manny (Osadebe) and Vadaine (Oliver) are not ready to start yet. I have to manage the options on the bench, but everyone is chomping at the bit.

“All the boys have been great, even the ones who have not made the 18. Everyone has been fantastic.

“Every day in training has been good, with a lot of energy. There is a good noise around the place.

“I think that was one of the reasons we were able to get over the line today.

“We had a break. Sometimes, that can go against you and sometimes you want a rhythm of games.

“Maybe playing Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday is something we prefer, and that is what we have ahead of us now.” 

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