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17 August 2023

Match Previews


17 August 2023

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Mark Hughes has called for his Bantams to maintain their “creative guile” ahead of Saturday's trip to recently-relegated Morecambe. 

The City chief detailed how his side can manage the game against a team which “understands the division”, and assured there is “more to come” from his side. 

“It sounds cliche, but it is true - there is no such thing as an easy game,” Hughes said, in today’s press conference. 

“We need to be creative again and have that guile and clinical edge.  

“Every player has to work together and be good enough to break the opposition down. 

“Morecambe’s approach will not change because of who they are up against, so we should set out as we always do - to focus on ourselves and recognise where in the game we can edge in front. 

“Any club that has experience at a higher level will be tough, as they have guys who understand how to get out of this league. 

“However, we have to focus on our own output and make sure we are threatening enough going forward. It is all about taking opportunities when they arise. 

“We have more strength in that area. The personnel we have bought in has improved that, but we have what it takes to compete on away soil. There is more to come from this group.

The Welshman reiterated where his group can improve on Tuesday’s draw to Stockport and expanded on the work City have done in attacking areas to be more clinical. 

He lauded the togetherness and mentality of the players, as he continues to work on making the Bantams more ruthless and competitive. 

“I think people can see we are creating more and getting into good areas,” he said. 

“Andy (Cook) will eventually find the net and the aim always was to add more goalscorers to the team. 

“We have different people chipping in, and that is the order of the day this year. 

“On Tuesday, we did not stop the threats out wide in the second half, and that is what we need to be working on. 

“We need the guys to be flexible, to be intelligent and to recognise what we need to do to impact the game. 

“We noticed immediately when assessing the squad, how together they are. 

“When the new lads came in, there was an appreciation from everyone what we were trying to create.

“The idea is to make this club and this team more competitive and generally stronger, and I feel like we are doing that.”

REMINDER: Tickets for Saturday's clash are SOLD OUT, with close to 1,700 Bantams set to descend on The Mazuma Mobile Stadium. 

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