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15 May 2023



15 May 2023

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Mark Hughes was proud to see his side come away with a 1-0 first-leg victory over Carlisle United at the University of Bradford Stadium, in last night's Sky Bet League Two Play-Off Semi-Final. 

City secured an advantage which they will take to Brunton Park next Saturday, thanks to Jamie Walker's first-half strike. 

The Bantams boss is hoping his side can replicate their fight and determination in the second leg in Cumbria. 

“I was pleased with what we produced,” he said.

“It was difficult in the second half, you knew they were going to try and come back.

“I thought we showed more in the first half, and deserved to get the goal that turned out to be the winner.

“Our first-half performance was some of the best football we have played all season.

“We are a team that will cause them problems. Carlisle set up in a certain way and we wanted to test them in certain areas.

“That is the bare minimum you expect in these sort of games. It is not easy.

“Saturday will be another difficult game, and we will have to match their efforts. If we do that, we have the quality to hurt them.”

The Welshman hailed the support the Bantams received, as 20,575 supporters packed into the University of Bradford Stadium - a City, and Sky Bet League Two, play-off record.

The City chief admits the second leg will be another difficult game, but insisted that the Bantams have the quality to go to Brunton Park and use their one-goal advantage to cause the Cumbrians more problems.

“(The atmosphere) was fantastic,” Hughes added.

“There was a real crackle in the crowd. I have experienced big crowds in my career, but that was right up there.

“There was a real sense of occasion. I am really proud of everyone connected with Bradford City - it was a great evening.

“We go to the second leg in front, with still a lot of work to do, and it will not be easy. We will look to be positive and get another goal.

“It was another huge crowd, again. What an atmosphere. I really enjoyed the night. We are in the lead and we are pleased with that.”

Tickets for the second leg are now on sale to supporters with 1,380 loyalty points. CLICK HERE to secure your place. 

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