For­rester strike is big blow for Gareth

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

WY­COMBE Wan­der­ers’ de­feat to rel­e­ga­tion ri­vals Bury was a bit­ter pill to swal­low but boss Gareth Ainsworth is de­ter­mined to right the wrongs.

An­ton For­rester’s strike in the first-half and an un­yield­ing de­fence in the sec­ond earned the Shak­ers their first win since the start of Jan­uary.

But Ainsworth was keen to look ahead rather than re­flect on the loss, which ex­tended their win­less run to seven league games.

“It was a hard re­sult to take, es­pe­cially against one of our ri­vals,” he said.

“We have to dig deep against Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley now and I have told the boys to not think about any­thing else.

“We are in a rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle and we’ll work hard to get out of it.

“We had a few air-shots and a cou­ple of close shaves and we just can’t seem to end the goal-drought at home.

“But, there are no wor­ries and we look for­ward to the next match. It is go­ing to be a huge game.

“I think I have enough in the squad to turn the re­sults around and I am not sur­prised the fans are wor­ried.

“But I am in charge to put it right and I’ll be do­ing that next week.”

Bury were keen to score their first goal since New Year’s Day and For­rester’s in­stinc­tive 12th-minute vol­ley looped tan­ta­lis­ingly be­yond the post.

But For­rester hit the spot in the 34th minute, as he ri­fled the ball into the bot­tom cor­ner of the net from Craig Jones’ as­sist.

Wy­combe looked to up the ante and Nick Arnold’s long-range strike wor­ried Brian Jensen, who had to tip over as half-time ap­proached.

The hosts looked to make the three points safe early in the sec­ond­half, but Ash­ley Grimes steered his shot harm­lessly into the side-net­ting.

Wy­combe poured for­ward as the full-time whis­tle ap­proached, but Bury held firm with man­ager David Fl­itcroft pleased with his team’s char­ac­ter and ap­pli­ca­tion.

“When the muck and bul­lets are fly­ing, some­times the young play­ers can go un­der,” he added.

“But the spine of the team is very good and we have a lot of good lead­ers, both in the squad and out there on the pitch dur­ing the game.

“I thought some of the cre­ativ­ity in the first-half was out­stand­ing.

“To play one-touch foot­ball on that sort of pitch takes brav­ery and courage.

“I en­joyed the first 30 min­utes, and the fi­nal hour was just a bat­tle and we re­ally had to dig in as a team.

“We have shown two sides of what we can do.

“I see a team pro­gress­ing and that is what we want to do.”

STAR MAN CRAIG JONES

Bury

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