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18 February 2023



18 February 2023

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Mark Hughes bemoaned his side's lack of creativity, as the Bantams fell to a 1-0 defeat to Barrow this afternoon. 

The City boss was frustrated after a positive and “dominant” opening to the game, and admitted it was difficult to break down the Bluebirds’ backline, particularly after they took the lead.

He said: “It was really frustrating. It was disappointing to lose, as we were dominant in the first half-hour.

“They took the lead early, and protected that by putting men behind the ball. We found it difficult to break them down.

“At the top end of the pitch, we did not affect the opposition as much as we should have done. We were too safe, and needed to put more balls in the box.

“We had got ourselves into a position where we were 1-0 down, and that allowed them to sit back. We had hoped we could originally play behind their back three. We have got to be better and have more creativity.

The Welshman acknowledged this afternoon’s defeat was a missed opportunity, but hopes his Bantams can “adjust accordingly” and improve where it matters on the pitch.

Hughes believes his side will react ahead of next week’s trip to Doncaster - and is confident City’s away form can help give the 4,000 travelling fans belief and encouragement ahead of their trip to South Yorkshire. 

He added: “It is a missed opportunity, but we have to recognise where we went wrong and adjust accordingly. 

“You have to threaten the opposition to win games, and we did not do that today. 

“Certainly at home, we have to be better. You can have skill, but you need end product. 

“I have no doubt we will go again, and hopefully give our away support - which we are grateful for - something to shout about. 

“On occasions, we have found that when we have gone on a run, it is difficult to sustain that. We have had a decent week, but it has ended on a low. 

“Our away form is very good, so there is no reason why we cannot go to Doncaster and have a real go at it.”

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