Fl­itcroft’s go­ing soft – Bury get a day off!

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

DAVID Fl­itcroft granted his play­ers an ex­tra day off af­ter record­ing a third straight vic­tory against ten-man Ex­eter – and then warned them not to get com­fort­able.

Af­ter frus­trat­ing the hosts for the open­ing hour, the Gre­cian’s game plan was un­done by Chris Hussey’s opener and cap­tain Danny Coles’ dis­missal four min­utes later. Tom Soares sealed a re­sult which leaves the Shak­ers seven points out­side the play-offs and though Fl­itcroft has al­lowed them a day with their feet up he wants to main­tain the push.

“I want to fin­ish with mo­men­tum. I don’t do comfy, it’s not in my na­ture and I think we won com­pre­hen­sively,” he said.

“You’ve got to be care­ful when you’re dom­i­nant that you don’t trip up but we didn’t and it’s an­other clean sheet which the lads are ab­so­lutely buzzing about.

“It’s some­thing that this group of play­ers has re­ally com­mit­ted to. To achieve 53 points is su­perb and the group should all take credit.

“I have more or less re­built a team in a short space of time to get us to this point and at ev­ery stage the chair­man has been with us.

“In strat­egy meet­ings he’s backed me in get­ting play­ers and the bal­ance of the team right so it’s bril­liant for him.

“I’ve given the play­ers Mon­day off be­cause they’ve de­served it. We’ve been on our trav- els, we’ve been in on Sun­days on re­cov­ery ses­sions.

“They’ve sac­ri­ficed them­selves and they de­serve the time with their fam­i­lies and then we will hit it hard again.”

Bury missed a host of first-half chances as Andrew Tutte, Daniel Nardiello and Danny Mayor were all de­nied by Ar­tur Krysiak.

Ex­eter then im­ploded mid­way through the sec­ond half as Hussey’s free-kick squirmed through Krysiak’s fin­gers be­fore Coles picked up the sec­ond of two quick-fire book­ings.

Sub­sti­tute Soares con­verted Mayor’s cross for his sec­ond goal in two games to put the re­sult be­yond doubt and leave Paul Tis­dale’s side just four points clear of the bot­tom two. “I’m dis­ap­pointed,” said Tis­dale.“We have to quickly move onto the next game but Bury looked a very good team.

“We had a tough first 20 min­utes, we hung on and it put it in our thoughts that we had to de­fend.

“We did that in­creas­ingly well as the game went on and they put us un­der a lot of pres­sure but then iron­i­cally the goal came from some­thing very soft. There has been too many games where we have con­ceded a goal from some­thing soft.”




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