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4 March 2023



4 March 2023

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Mark Hughes was pleased with the mentality his players showed, as City continued their unbeaten run with two late goals sealing a 2-0 victory over Colchester United.

The Bantams broke their fourth-tier attendance record for the third time in less than 12 months, with 20,383 supporters packing into the University of Bradford Stadium, as stoppage-time strikes from Andy Cook and Scott Banks saw Hughes' men snatch the three points.

The City boss spoke highly of the support the crowd gave and praised the “unbelievable” support the home faithful gave.

“Today shows the mentality of the players,” he said.

“We know where we are. We know what we have to do.

“We just kept going. Today was a really difficult fixture, Colchester were not easy opponents, and it was one of those fixtures that could have been a problem.

“They recruited well in January, and are better than their position in the table suggests.

“We felt we had the momentum towards the end of the game, and we had a few opportunities.

“We were able to make a few changes to get different types of players on, like (Scott) Banksy and Harry (Chapman). Manny (Osadebe) coming on was a big boost for everyone.

“Manny’s injury was terrible, but he has come back strong, and played a part at the end today. We are pleased for him and everyone else.

“We just went for it in the last 10 to 20 minutes, and thankfully we got our reward.

“There was a great noise from the fans today, it was absolutely rocking. You want moments like this.

“Hopefully, that is the case. We need every bit of support we can get, but we are very fortunate to get the level of support that we do.

“It is unbelievable at this level, and we do not take the support for granted.”

The Welshman went on to say how happy he was with the unity within the squad, and how they all are moving forward with the same goal in mind.

Hughes welcomes all the upcoming games and will be looking to use the depth in his squad to keep energy high.

“We have got a real strong group, one that is together and pushing for what we want to achieve,” he added.

“Today was a good example. Everyone saw the unity in the side.

“Everyone is moving in the same direction, I am sure that everyone is disappointed when they are not picked, but they are always ready.

“Every game is massive, we have just got to make things happen.

“When you look at the reaction from the team, the staff and the lads on the bench who had just come off, all as one, everyone is really engaged in what we are doing, and that is why we are doing well at the moment.

“Bring it on. That is how we feel, after today's dip in energy, rotating is something we may have to look at, but I think we will be good to go again.

“We have good strength in depth, we have good players that can come in and raise those energy levels.”

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