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31 August 2023

Match Previews


31 August 2023

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Mark Hughes is hopeful of another positive performance ahead of the Bantams' trip to Mansfield Town at the One Call Stadium on Saturday.

The Welshman has called for a continuation of the strong and mature displays against Wrexham and Crewe, as he looked back on last season's successful visit to Field Mill.

With the transfer window closing tomorrow, the City chief is pleased with the squad he has at his disposal and with how the new recruits have settled in at the University of Bradford Stadium.

"When we played them last season, it was one of our better performances, so we are hoping for a repeat of that," he said at Thursday's pre-match press conference.

"I said after the Crewe game that we are back on track, and that was emphasised after Tuesday's cup win, so I am looking forward to hopefully getting another positive result.

"We are aware of the task at hand, but I have full confidence in the squad to get a good result out of Saturday.

"I am happy with the squad at the moment. I feel we started the window on the strong foot with the players we retained.

"We brought good players in who have started strongly, and we are not finished yet.

"However, if the window closes and there are no more players through the door, I am still pleased with the squad we have, and it is more than capable of competing."

Hughes reflected on last night's Carabao Cup draw, as the Bantams discovered that Middlesbrough would await them in the round three, and believes his Bantams can take momentum from getting this far in the competition.

He also lauded the buoyant support which backed them in Wales and hopes to deliver the same enjoyment on Saturday when they make the trip to face the Stags.

Hughes continued: "We all feel it is a good draw for us. We have recently faced off against Middlesbrough in pre-season so that gives us a little insight.

"The atmosphere, circumstances and the team will be different, but as well as the analysis from recent games, we should know enough about them.

"The confidence from beating Wrexham, and the home draw, should favour us. It should be a good occasion for the club.

"You can get a lot of confidence from cup runs, and it can help you in the league too. We are happy with what we have currently done in the cup, and we are seeing signs of the positive impact.

"Tuesday night at Wrexham was a fantastic night for the club, we enjoyed it, and the away fans seemed to do so too.

"Hopefully, we can give them the same enjoyment on Saturday."

REMINDER: Tickets for Saturday's game are SOLD OUT. 

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