MARK Hughes reflected on City’s 6-0 thumping of Bury and said: “We got what we needed.”

The Bantams cruised to victory at Gigg Lane against the North West Counties League opponents in their first pre-season friendly.

Alex Pattison, Andy Cook, Emmanuel Osadebe and Liam Ridehalgh scored inside the first half hour. Matt Derbyshire and Jamie Walker added goals after the break in a completed change team for the second half.

Hughes said: “It’s still early days but we got 45 minutes into almost everybody in the squad. We got what we needed out of it.

“We scored plenty of goals, which was encouraging. Winning 6-0 looks very good on paper but in reality it’s very early on in our preparation.

“But there was some good stuff played in general, patterns of play we worked on last year and have obviously touched on again.

“It’s good to see them coming to the fore again. I think that’s the benefit of having that nucleus of players that were with us last year.

“It’s a case of being able to just remind the lads we do this in certain situations and they’ve picked that up quite quickly.

“That’s no surprise because we’ve done it often enough. Those patterns of play are starting to come through again.”

City, who played with three centre halves throughout the game, used five of their summer recruits. Kevin McDonald was missing with a nicked hamstring., Vadaine Oliver was also ruled out with a groin problem but both are likely to be involved in the training camp in Spain.

City fly out to Pinatar tomorrow - although Oliver may join them later in the week.

“He trained all last week and then had a little issue with his groin that flared up,” added Hughes.

“We’ll get it checked out because it hasn’t resolved itself. It might be that he comes out later to Spain.

“We’ll just make sure there’s nothing untoward going on. I don’t think there is but maybe he just needs a few days to calm the area down.

“Kevin’s got a hamstring issue from the back end of last year.

“He left Exeter and didn’t really have a rehab programme because it was the last game of the season or so.

“When he started to do a bit of work in the summer, he realised he had a little bit of twinge in there.

“But he’s back on the grass now working with the physios so he will come out with us.”