DE­FEATED BUT BURY PLEASED TO EX­IST

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Mark Shales To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

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.”

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