Fl­itcroft plots his smash and grab

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

BURY man­ager David Fl­itcroft claimed he’d out­foxed the op­po­si­tion with his tac­ti­cal changes be­fore Danny Mayor’s stop­page-time strike earned a dra­matic win over AFC Wim­ble­don.

The Dons had all the chances up un­til JeanLouis Akpa Akpro struck the cross­bar and Mayor crashed in the win­ner soon af­ter but failed to take any of them.

Danny Hyl­ton could have had a hat-trick but spurned nu­mer­ous chances as vet­eran Bury goal­keeper Brian Jensen rolled back the years.

And af­ter mak­ing all three sub­sti­tu­tions in the sec­ond half to swing the con­test his way, Fl­itcroft in­sisted it was al­ways the plan.

“I said to the play­ers be­fore that game, and I keep say­ing to them, that the way I op­er­ate is to use 14 play­ers to win a foot­ball match,” he said.

“I thought the subs that came on, such as JeanLouis Akpa Akpro, stretched them with their pace, which forced them to drop and gave us space.

“They be­came dis­or­gan­ised when Jean-Louis came on and I think Clive Platt won ev­ery ball that went into him.

“Chris Sedg­wick sat with a calm head and cool head and dom­i­nated the cen­tre of the pitch.We had three or four chances late on but you work for that dur­ing the 82 min­utes that you have to graft.”

Hyl­ton had an ex­cel­lent chance to open the scor- ing in the first minute but his header from a Ge­orge Fran­comb cross was saved well by Jensen.

As the half pro­gressed, Bury’s in­flu­ence on the game grew and they came close on 36 min­utes when Daniel Nardiello saw his ef­fort de­flected wide for a cor­ner.

Hyl­ton headed wide early in the sec­ond half and wasted an­other chance when clean through be­fore Bury sub­sti­tute Akpa Akpro lobbed Worner only to see his strike come back off the bar.

How­ever, Mayor pounced at the death to slot the ball home and con­demn AFC Wim­ble­don to a fourth straight de­feat.

And Dons boss Neal Ard­ley said:“I don’t think there’s any­thing tac­ti­cally that we’re do­ing wrong at the mo­ment. It’s in­di­vid­ual er­rors and people switch­ing off that is killing us.

“It’s not as if we’re not cre­at­ing chances it’s just a lack of qual­ity in there. As a man­ager all you can do is get your head down and keep work­ing.

“I’d be stunned if any­one thought that was a fair re­sult. I felt like that was a smash and grab.

“Most of their shots came in the last 15 min­utes when we lost our way but other than that I thought we were the bet­ter team.”



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