Mark Hughes was pleased with his City side’s response and character, as they came from behind to beat second-placed Stevenage 3-2 in Sky Bet League Two.
The Welshman praised the turnaround in performance following a “below-par” showing in the first half, and credited the character and potential of the Bantams.
Hughes also added his delight at how his players “were up for challenge” and were not intimidated by Stevenage’s physical threat.
He said: “I am really pleased with the performance from the team.
“We were a little bit below what we needed to do in the first half, and we did not react well to their strengths. We knew before the game that they were strong from set pieces and how physically imposing they are, and we did not fully deal with that.
“The reaction they gave was exactly what we needed, and that just shows the potential of the group now.
“In terms of an away showing against a really strong side, we could not have asked for much more.
“It is not easy to hold the lead, especially with how Stevenage play. It is about minimising their threat as much as possible.
“Even with the quality they have, I am proud of how we stood up to the challenge.
“It was a really good performance - I thought we were excellent.”
The City chief was encouraged by the leadership displayed by the experienced players in the group, and how at periods of the game, having a calmer head can see out tough times.
Hughes concluded that it is crucial the Bantams follow up tonight’s victory with another promising performance on Tuesday, when Tranmere visit the University of Bradford Stadium.
Hughes added: “I opted for experienced players, as they know what is required at key moments in the game.
“You just have to manage those periods of the game where you are behind, and it helps when you have players that can raise spirits and morale.
“We have got good real leadership in the team. When you have players that are demanding the best out of you, then we will have more performances like that second half.
“I am pleased with how the group is forming at the moment.
“The key is that we do not underachieve on Tuesday. We have another tough game, and we have to be up for the challenge.
“We are going to have to be ready to take the game to Tranmere. It is crucial that we back up this performance with another good display.
“We have a real opportunity now where we can go on a really good run.”
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