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19 August 2023



19 August 2023

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Mark Hughes expressed his disappointment after today’s 3-0 defeat to Morecambe at the Mazuma Stadium.

The Bantams boss noted how his team seemed to lack energy, admitting City looked flat throughout the game, and that their performances need to be of a higher standard.

“No, we did not play well at all,” Hughes said.

“I am disappointed in what we produced. There was very little in terms of attacking play, and defensively we were nowhere near the level we wanted and needed to be.

“We did not win enough challenges, and we did not get on the front foot today.

“We were flat. It looked like the team lacked energy. We needed to get around the pitch with more energy.

“You have to be ready to go, and ready to work, but we did not look like we were today, and that is why we lost.”

The City chief spoke about how his team can respond, now the Bantams have no midweek fixture to contest this week.

Hughes does not want to use tiredness as an excuse, after a busy start to the season, but is thankful for a week on the training field to work towards next weekend's visit of Crewe. 

“It has been a busy week, and a busy few weeks, but we are not using that as an excuse,” Hughes added.

“Saturday-Tuesday games take their toll, but we should have been ready for today’s game. We had three or four days of preparation.

“Whether the first goal knocked the stuffing out of us, and we felt we could not get back onto level terms, we will reflect and go again.

“Everybody knows that we will be better next week.I am more bothered about the here and now, we need to be a lot better next week than we were today.”

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