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25 February 2023



25 February 2023

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Mark Hughes praised his Bantams' “controlled” performance, as City bounced back from disappointment last week to beat Doncaster Rovers 1-0 at the Eco-Power Stadium.

The City boss lauded his side’s physicality and balance, and was proud with his the Bantams' initiative in the second half to step up and take the victory.

“I am pleased with every aspect of our play today,” he said.

“We got the balance right, and we knew when to clear our lines. We were always in control.

“They never really had sustained periods of pressure. That just shows how well we played. That is the type of performance I like.

“I knew at half-time that we had to win the game. I thought we had to step on the gas a little in the second half. Kicking towards our fans helped; they drove us forward and made sure we crossed the line.”

The Welshman insisted it was vital the side reacted from their disappointing display against Barrow last Saturday, and was satisfied with City's dynamism and composed end to the game.

Crucially, Hughes was pleased to welcome Emmanuel Osadebe back to the field, after a double leg break in the opening game of the season against the same opponent, and admitted “today just seemed right for him to come back”.

The 59-year-old lastly showed his delight and gratitude towards the near-4,000 travelling supporters, bringing up City’s highest away attendance since 2016.

He added: “We were all disappointed after Barrow. It was not a bad performance - we just did not do important things well and did not get the result.

“But, today, we were more dynamic up top and made sure we got on the end of things.

“From our point of view, we were in a comfortable position throughout. 

“Everybody knows of Manny's terrible injury, against this same opposition, and it seemed the stars had aligned.

“He was ready and he was there to do a job, which was to help see the game out.

“He played a part in that - he has been fit for a month - and today just seemed right for him to come back.

“I felt I could put him on and hope he enjoyed the moment.

“Those fans had a great time. I think they are pleased with how we played, and of course, the result. I hope they have a pleasant journey home.”

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