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27 April 2023

Match Previews


27 April 2023

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Mark Hughes wants his side “back on track” ahead of Saturday’s clash with second-placed Northampton Town at Sixfields.

The Welshman expects City to move on from Gillingham’s late equaliser last Saturday, and reaffirmed that his side “are still very much in the mix” as the Sky Bet League Two season nears its inclusion.

Hughes also added that the mindset ahead of Saturday’s trip to Northamptonshire is no different to previous games, and still urges his side to be confident and aim for the three vital points.

“The Gillingham game is not one we can dwell on,” he said.

“We have to look ahead to our next game, which is an important one. The games that have happened already we cannot shape anymore, so we have got to move on very quickly.

“I feel we have moved on, though. Initially, it was pretty difficult because we were so close to getting the three points. 

“We are still very much in the mix - our season is not over. We are looking forward to the next three games and getting back on track.

“The circumstances have not changed just because we have dropped points. Northampton was always a big game on the horizon.

“We are still aiming to go there and get a result. We want to win.

“Saturday could be a big day for them, but we will certainly have something to say about that. Bring it on.”

Hughes plans on dampening the Cobblers’ potential promotion party on Saturday, and believes there is added motivation and desire to bring the three points back to West Yorkshire.

The City boss has analysed the threats of Jon Brady’s side, but wants his players to give everything at the weekend.

“Well, we need to go there to win - purely for our own benefit and promotion goals,” he added.

“But, there is added motivation for us to upset their day. 

“I have been part of games where your opposition has been crowned champions, as a player and as a manager, and I certainly do not enjoy it!

“We have got to do everything in our power to make sure their celebration is postponed until hopefully next year.

“Northampton are a good team. At the top end of the pitch, they are a threat.

“They attack the target with power and pace. Going forward, they have two good strikers and a good threat in behind.

“We are a threat too though, and they will not take us lightly.

“Like I had said earlier, we will not let their standing intimidate us, and I fully expect us to give them a go.”

REMINDER: Tickets for Saturday's game are SOLD OUT, with close to 1,000 travelling Bantams set to pack out the away end at Sixfields. 

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