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Hughes wants bounce back at Bradford

31 December 2018

Mark Hughes hopes that Stanley will have extra motivation when they face Bradford City tomorrow on New Year's Day.

The Reds ended a memorable 2018 with a result they'd rather forget, a 4-0 home defeat against promotion chasing Peterborough, and Hughes wants to take that feeling into the first game of 2019 when they travel to Bradford.

“When you play against any team who've had a heavy defeat they seem to react and bounce back,” Hughes said.

“No one likes losing games and the manner of the defeat to Peterborough makes it a little bit worse. It's down to everyone to get together and push on.

“Hopefully we can take the feeling of that defeat onto the pitch and use it because it's not nice losing games."

Hughes is wary of coming up against a team that are currently in League One's relegation zone, despite David Hopkin's side winning three of their last four games.

But the defender is optimistic about Stanley's chances playing in front of a big crowd, with Valley Parade one of the largest stadiums in League One.

“We always seem to raise our game and lift it in front of big crowds,” said Hughes.

“It's going to be a tough game, they're down at the bottom scrapping and they've picked up a little bit lately, so it won't be easy."

The 32-year-old added that despite ending the year with a defeat, there was plenty to be proud of in 2018.

“I think we get greedy sometimes," said Hughes. "We won the league in May and we've come into League One and we're in the top half and I think every other club would be happy with that.

“John (Coleman) and Jimmy (Bell) are very demanding, and the players are the same - our expectations are high.

"We're disappointed to end the year with defeat but if you look back it's been a great 2018.”

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