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9 September 2023



9 September 2023

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Mark Hughes was content with a point, after his side battled back to secure a 1-1 draw at the University of Bradford Stadium this afternoon. 

The Welshman was not pleased with City's performance in the first half, as they saw Grimsby take a 1-0 lead into the break.

He was however more encouraged by the second-half showing, after making changes to the way City played at half-time. 

“We were not great in the first half,” he said.

“We worked all week on having a high press and committing to that high press, making sure it would be difficult for them to progress the ball forward.

“Maybe it was due to the weather, but we had to commit more people forward. 

“Initially, we just took the easy option and they had comfortable possession.”

Hughes admitted he had to make changes at the break in order to get a result from the game, but was pleased with his side's response after the interval. 

“We changed it in the second half, and had to go more radical,” he added.

“We took a centre-half off and went to a four at the back, with two wingers to stop their full-backs.

“I was very happy, as we were on the front foot for the entire half. I think we deserved the point and maybe more, due to the second-half performance.

“(Alex) Gilly scored a goal and I thought he was very productive with Bobby (Pointon) on the right side. Bobby had a great full debut. His output and creative play was something we needed.”

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