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21 September 2023

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21 September 2023

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City manager Mark Hughes has called for his side to be more creative in the final third as they prepare to face Newport County on Saturday.

After enjoying the bulk of the possession against Harrogate Town last time out but only coming away with a point, Hughes wants to see more from his front men and challenges his players to take more risks in the final third.  

“We have got to get away from the safe mode which does not allow us to be so dynamic at the top end of the pitch,” he said.

“I expect to see an improvement in that regard. Against Newport, I want to see that more. (I want to see) If we can get more one-v-ones and get at them a bit more.

“Newport will be different than the weekend just gone. With us being away, we may have to give up more of the ball, but I still want to see more from us.”

City have had another full week on the training pitch to prepare, and Hughes has been using that time to build confidence within the group.

A key focus, he says, has been looking at ways of taking the possession his team controls in games and turning that into more goals.

“We have had a good week of training, in between a lot of torrential rain which will have affected everybody.” he added.

“We have obviously looked back on last week and looked at things we can improve on.

“We need to get into better positions and create more clear-cut chances.

“If we can do that, with the possession we have, we will be able to benefit.

“When we get a chance up at the top end of the field, we need to keep the pressure on a team and not give them those transitions to hurt us.

“We hope we can bring that into the game at the weekend.”

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