Hartlepool United v Bradford City: Andy Cook’s isolationist policy is over, says Mark Hughes Yorkshire News

With 11 league goals this season, six more than his closest teammate Lee Angol, Cook has carried a heavy load ahead of him for the Bantams this season, and the fact that he was often isolated in attack was a bonus. of the great frustrations of the fans. under previous command Derek Adams.

Hughes, a former Manchester United, Barcelona and Bayern Munich striker, is looking for a different approach and his first win, at home to League Two leaders Forest Green Rovers, suggested he is making progress.

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Bradford City’s Andy Cook is ready for more support from his team-mates, according to manager Mark Hughes Picture: Zac Goodwin/PA

An important factor, says Hughes, a master in his day of holding the ball and hoping for support, is getting players closer to Cook faster.

“Andy works hard for the team that sometimes goes unnoticed,” he said.

“With the way we want to play, he won’t be so isolated in the future and I’m sure he will enjoy it from here to the end of the season.”

The balance between defense and attack was something that pleased Hughes on the New Lawn.

SUPPORTING ROLE: Bradford City Manager Mark Hughes Image: James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images

“Once we got a foothold in the game, we seemed composed,” he said.

“The performance was good and we made sure we defended with the right numbers against a good team.”

Alex Gilliead is doubtful after “opening the ankle joint” but it is seen as a circumstantial issue.

Loanee Matty Daly has returned to Huddersfield Town so they can look at a problem he spotted last week. Charles Vernam and Tom Elliott are fully back in training but need to improve their fitness.

Referee: J. Simpson (Lancashire)

Last time: Hartlepool United 5 Bradford City 0, 3rd September 2013, Football League Trophy.

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