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22 March 2023



22 March 2023

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Mark Hughes was pleased with the commitment his players showed and was encouraged by a "dominant" second-half display, as City were caught in a stalemate with Carlisle United at the University of Bradford Stadium.

The Bantams chief was proud of how his side controlled the second period against the Cumbrians, having shut them out in the first, and concluded “it was a good point”.

“Our commitment was good,” he said.

“Everybody played their part. We changed formation a few times and the lads who came on were great.

“They had an impact on the game. It is what we need. We did everything we could, but we were up against a good side.

“In the second half, we dominated, and it was a good result from my point of view.

“I thought we were totally dominant, they found it very difficult to score.”

The 59-year-old felt his side were unlucky in attacking areas - insisting City “had done everything right” - and urged the Bantams to continue causing a threat creatively.

The Welshman aimed to close the gap on Carlisle at Valley Parade, but will take the point against one of City’s promotion rivals.

“Sometimes, it just needs to drop for you,” Hughes added.

“You need that luck, and you need to create your own luck at the same time.

“When you have done everything right leading up to the shot, you need the ball to drop for you.

“We wanted to take more points off them. We wanted to damage them and draw them closer to us in the table.

“We were unable to do that, but we put another point on the board.

“Now, we have a good run of games coming up and we need maximum points from them.”

City's next game comes back at the University of Bradford Stadium, against Grimsby Town in 10 days' time (Saturday April 1, 1.00pm). CLICK HERE to purchase tickets ahead of matchday, and SAVE on increased admission prices.

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