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23 July 2023



23 July 2023

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Mark Hughes was left encouraged after his side drew 1-1 with Sky Bet Championship Hull City at the University of Bradford Stadium yesterday.

The Bantams boss was pleased with the way in which his team went about their business and improved upon their last game.

He was impressed in particular with how City fared on the ball, and how the players adapted despite a host of changes in the second half.

“We enjoyed it; it was good run out,” Hughes said.

“We played really well. The things we talked about and worked on after our midweek game at Bolton, we improved upon.

“In the first 20 minutes, I thought we were really good. We played in their half, something we want to do this season.

“Overall, we were very good. We made a lot of changes in the second half, but the team kept their shape and kept the same commitment.

“They are starting to show the signs that they are enjoying themselves, which is very encouraging.”

The City chief added that the new players have integrated well into the squad, not only due to the abilities that they bring to the pitch, but also how they are as individuals and how they want to be a part of what City can do going forward.

Hughes spoke of his happiness with where the players in his side are at physically going into the latter half of the Bantams' pre-season, looking forward to another test from a second-tier side, as Middlesbrough visit the University of Bradford Stadium on Wednesday night.

“The new lads have been really easy to integrate,” he added.

“They have got the respect of the group on their abilities alone. With them being good lads and wanting to be a part of what we are doing makes it easier.

“Every time we play, we are trying to get another notch on the belt. We will always improve our fitness the more games we play. I am happy with where we are at.

“From now, some players will have more, some will have less. We may flip the minutes - the lads who had more today, may have less in midweek.

“We have another good quality game to play on Wednesday. Everyone needs to be ready to start and to finish the season.”

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