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3 May 2023



3 May 2023

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Mark Hughes shared the disappointment in the dressing room, after the Bantams’ last-minute 3-2 defeat to Crewe Alexandra at the Mornflake Stadium.

The Welshman admitted his side did not have the control they would have liked and that the Bantams  “were always at risk” of losing the point.

Nevertheless, the City boss expects a reaction from the Bantams ahead of Bank Holiday Monday's visit of Leyton Orient.

“We did not have the control we would have liked,” he said.

“It became an end-to-end game and we were always at risk of losing the point we had worked for.

“There were consecutive errors that were a result of a lack of control, and that led to the goals.

“We have to learn from that. It is a difficult one to take.

“We have felt disappointment like this before, but we have to bounce back. We will go again.

“There is a huge game coming up, and we will be ready.

“Emotionally, it is a hard one to take, but we will be ready to go again.”

Hughes discussed City’s promotion ambitions and how he is disappointed they will not be able to take the fight for automatic promotion into the final day, but acknowledged that the Bantams "have everything to play for" against the champions.

Hughes reaffirmed that his players have dealt with setbacks well recently, and is looking forward to seeing his side bounce back in five days' time.

“Ideally, we would have liked, at the very least, to have the play-offs secured,” Hughes added.

“The aim was to go into the final day with automatic promotion still a possibility, but we still have everything to play for.

“We are grateful that there is still an opportunity to get promoted.

“The game is of huge significance for the club.

“I fully expected reactions from all the players the last time we have experienced moments like this, and I fully expect one again.”

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