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16 February 2023

Match Previews


16 February 2023

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Mark Hughes has warned the Bantams to remain "mindful" on Saturday, as his side host Barrow looking for a third-consecutive victory. 

The Bluebirds visit the University of Bradford Stadium without a win in six games, after overcoming City in the reverse fixture at the start of the season.

The Welshman has warned his side to not underestimate the visitors' threat, and hopes the Bantams can learn from past mistakes of not being cautious enough.

He said: “Barrow are a good side and they should be pleased with where they are sitting in the league table. 

“They are on a run where they are struggling to get points on the board, so we have got to be mindful of that.

“We were not as mindful against Rochdale, when they were not on a great run, and we ended up losing, so we have got to be careful.

“If we are able to have that control, and capitalise on Barrow lack of confidence, then we can take maximum points.

“They won in dramatic fashion earlier on in the season, so Saturday gives us a perfect opportunity to address that. 

“I feel the team are in a good place at the minute, in terms of how we have played, and the results.

“We are at that stage of the season where if we can go on a run now, we can certainly work towards our ambitions.”

The 59-year-old further credited his side's control and character over the past two matches, and expects more of the same sustained pressure, when Pete Wild’s men travel to West Yorkshire on Saturday. 

Hughes also lauded the impact of his January recruits, how they have bedded into the team and how the small improvements in leadership and personality can benefit City.

“We have got strong character and strong players,” he added. 

“They know what works and we try and execute positive play every game.

“It is difficult, because the opposition did not threaten us, and we kept them away from our goal. 

“It is not often that you can limit a team to one or no shots on target, but we did well defensively.

“They are all certain types of player that I was looking for to improve this team. 

“The guys we have brought in have a lot of ability, but their personality and leadership have added a lot to our team.

“It was not a weak squad anyway, but to add the players in key areas will only help us. 

“Tuesday was a very strong performance, and we hope for the same on Saturday.”

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