Hughes banks on Bradford City keeping up unbeaten home form


MARK Hughes says City cannot get enough of playing at Valley Parade.

The Bantams are at home again tomorrow for the sixth time in their last seven games – as they eye a fifth win on the trot.

Hughes’ side are unbeaten in the league at Valley Parade, suffering their only defeat against Championship Blackburn in the Carabao Cup.

As they train their sights on Wimbledon, the City boss is delighted to see the turnaround from last season’s struggles on their own patch.

Hughes said: “We’re not getting ahead of ourselves, it’s just that playing at Valley Parade is a real bonus and a positive for us at the moment.

“We look forward to every game and having another one at home on the back of such a strong week we had last week against Tranmere and Stevenage gives us more confidence.

“You want to keep going and playing in the same vein if you can. Another home game allows you to do that.

“Back-to-back results are huge at every level and if we can continue this form and add to the games we’ve won in the past few weeks, that will obviously help our cause.

“We’re still coming together as a group. We had a huge influx of players and I think they’ve done really well with how they’ve been able to adapt and understand what I require and the demands placed on them.”

City won just six times at Valley Parade last season and only five sides in League Two picked up fewer than their 28 home points.

Repairing that record has been a priority for Hughes, whose team have so far claimed 11 points from five outings.

“We don’t want to tempt fate,” he added. “But we said before the start of the season that our home form was going to be massively important for us.

“We’ve been able to address it up to a certain point, certainly early on, but that must continue right to the end to ensure home form is the base of any success that we have.

“I think we’ve got to celebrate wins and playing well. It’s important you should always do that.

“But we don’t get ahead of ourselves. We know there’s a huge amount of work we have to go through before we can achieve anything this year.”

Bantams assistant boss Glyn Hodges played over 200 league games for Wimbledon and had a 16-month spell in charge up to January 2021.

But the Dons side that City face tomorrow will be completely different from the one he left.

Hughes said: “It will be but that’s the turnover of players. Obviously when you have a relegation season that changes the club as well.

“Maybe they are suffering from a few scars from that. We’ll have to make sure that it’s a good time to play them and any upturn in form that they may have doesn’t happen until after they’ve left Valley Parade.

“They would have clearly hoped for a better start considering they’ve come down from a higher level.

“But League Two is not a cakewalk. It is difficult.

“There are good teams, strong teams, physical teams, technical teams, there’s everything and you’ve got to face every challenge head on.

“The sooner you get to grips with that, the better for yourself.”





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