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8 May 2023



8 May 2023

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Mark Hughes was pleased with how his Bantams reacted to late defeat in midweek to clinch a play-off spot in yesterday's 1-1 draw with Sky Bet League Two champions Leyton Orient at the University of Bradford Stadium.

The City chief applauded the connection that has been built up over the course of the season between the players and supporters, as he hopes the backing from the home faithful will continue heading into the semi-final first leg at home to Carlisle United on Sunday. 

“Today was a difficult game, but we got the job done,” he said.

“We were up against a good team. We had the setback of conceding, but we were able to get back on level terms quickly, which was important.

“With the incredible support we had today, we were able to see the game out.

"We had moments ourselves - as did they - but the game came to the right conclusion with a draw.

“Everyone saw the connection between the fans and the players. That is vitally important - every team needs that connection.

“It has got stronger this season. We are disappointed we did not go up automatically, but we have a likeable group of players and I feel everyone can see we are trying to get out of this league.

“Credit to the lads. They got a level of reward today, but we want the main prize, to get promoted, and we hope to do that.”

The Bantams boss is looking forward to Sunday’s game at the University of Bradford Stadium against the Cumbrians, as they look to take an advantage back to Brunton Park.

The Welshman also heaped praise on both sets of supporters at Valley Parade, after a brilliantly-observed minute's silenced was observed before kick-off in remembrance of the 56 supporters who tragically passed away in the Valley Parade Fire Disaster 38 years ago.

“The aim for Sunday is pretty straightforward - we have to get the job done,” Hughes added.

“We did that today, with big pressure on us and a huge crowd, but we dealt with it.

“It is another huge game on Sunday, as Carlisle always travel with big numbers. It will no doubt be a great atmosphere, and we are looking forward to the game.

“The respect shown from both sets of supporters today was great, and to be honest, it was really touching.

“It is important that the occasion is remembered and respected.”

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