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9 March 2023

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9 March 2023

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Mark Hughes has encouraged his City side to “stand up to the test” as the Bantams look to extend their unbeaten record when visiting Newport County on Saturday.

While being mindful of the form of other sides in the division, the City chief has urged City to solely concentrate on their own performances.

He said: “We have to be resolute and have a continuously good concentration level.

“That is just how self-taught and confident the side is.

“Mistakes will happen, and speculative balls into the box can test you. It is all about dealing with the consequences. 

“We have to show what we are capable of, and be able to stand up to the test.

“We do look at other teams - though we do not go too far ahead.

“It is always good to compare and predict, but I cannot put a figure on how many teams are around us. 

“We are mindful of other teams' results but we have to concentrate on ourselves.

“We bounced back from the defeat against Barrow and we are in good shape.

“The good thing is that not too many teams are in as good a form as we are. We have got to keep this going.”

The Welshman acknowledged the recent workload, and how that signifies the importance of the substitutes, who Hughes has full faith in to make an impact - when required. 

Impressed with his side’s recent strength and resilience, the City chief believes momentum and adrenaline will aid the Bantams against the Exiles, and hopes they can learn from their recent test at Walsall on Tuesday.

“Having the option to utilise five substitutes will help,” he added. 

“We did it to decent effect on Tuesday, as we added more energy, and it worked well against Colchester. 

“We have good options to come and change the game. Everyone knows what is required. 

“A lot of the players will be able to go again, but I know I can change if I need to. We have momentum that will carry us through. 

“Adrenaline will help as well. Sometimes players can drop off when the game is finished, or towards the end of the game, but luckily we have not had that yet.

“We know we are going to have to play well. I like the strength that we have shown recently, as seen through the clean sheets. 

“We do not go out with that intention of defending, but when you have that platform behind you, it gives you more confidence higher up the pitch.

“That is the pleasing part of our play at the moment.”

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