DEFEATED BUT BURY PLEASED TO EXIST
BURY boss Kevin Blackwell may have seen his side capitulate on the opening day of the season but the former Sheffield United manager is adamant his Gigg Lane revolution is about to ignite.
The Shakers, who narrowly avoided the threat of administration through Stuart Day’s takeover ten weeks ago, were beaten by individual moments of brilliance from Chesterfield goal-scorers Jay O’Shea and Marc Richards.
Blackwell was disappointed with the result on Bury’s return to League Two but believes the club is very much on the up.
“We’re learning so much about the team, that’s the first time that 11 has ever played together,” he said.“We know we’re on a learning curve and week-in week-out we’ll get better.
“The dynamics of the club have totally changed. I can go home knowing I have a football club now, a few weeks ago I had nothing.
“Every week now for the next six to ten weeks is going to be a big learning curve and if we can get that right we can have a really good season.
“The club is being rebuilt from top to bottom and if you compare us to this time last season it’s absolutely fantastic.
“The club’s foundations have only just been built, the concrete’s not even there yet and I want people to remember the club’s only just come out of intensive care.”
Chesterfield goalkeeper Tommy Lee produced an important stop to deny Shaun Harrad’s close-range header on 20 minutes, following a probing Bury free-kick from Craig Jones.
Shakers midfielder Tom Soares missed a golden opportunity nine minutes later when his sliced shot cleared the bar from four yards out, following a teasing cross from Harrad. O’Shea opened the scoring five minutes after the break with a superb solo effort, beating new Bury skipper Gareth Roberts to the right of goal before curling the ball past Shakers keeper Rob Lainton.
Richards extended the Spireites’ lead with a counter-attacking moment of magic on 66 minutes, sprinting down the left-wing before firing past Lainton, moments after Chesterfield’s Lee averted danger at the other end.
And Chesterfield’s first-team coach Kevin Lynch praised the individual talent his side displayed.
“The lads conducted themselves superbly and got the rewards from a hard-working firsthalf performance,” he said.
“They dug in deep and gave a good account of themselves so they deserve a big pat on the back.
“All these good players find time and space to play and we do have good players here.
“It was shown by brilliant goals that matched the performance – I’m pleased all round.
“We’re all united and it’s important we stay that way. The gaffer can’t pick 11 players so there’ll always be disappointment.”
FIRST BLOOD: Chesterfield’s Jay O’Shea trots back after scoring