Hot-shot Nardiello not giving up hope
BURY striker Daniel Nardiello insists his side still haven’t given up hope of making the play-offs after a convincing win over Plymouth saw their rich vein of form continue.
Nardiello struck twice just after half-time to add to Andrew Tutte’s first-half opener, while Danny Rose added a fourth late on as the Shakers moved to within seven points of seventh spot.
Now unbeaten in seven and boasting four wins from their last five games Bury have clung on to the slim possibility of extending their season, but are heavily reliant on other results going their way.
They can begin closing the gap further if they beat York – who currently occupy the final play-off spot – tomorrow and Nardiello believes that is a distinct possibility given the way they are playing.
“We started really well and we thoroughly deserved the win and it was nice to win so comfortably in the end,” he said.
“Once we got that second goal it gave us a bit more licence to play football and pass it around and in the end it could have been six or seven.
“We have just got to take every game as it comes and in the last five games we have won four and drawn one so that is promotion form.We can only win our games and you never know.
“We are playing some good football, creating a lot of chances and getting a lot of clean sheets and you can’t argue with our form and the way we are playing.”
Tutte struck on eight minutes, firing past Jake Cole to give Bury the lead, before Reuben Reid squandered a great chance to equalise with a header.
Nardiello then scored from the spot after being bundled over by Durrell Berry on 50 minutes and headed in another five minutes later, Rose completing the rout with a cool finish on 88 minutes. And Pilgrims forward Reid insists an unacceptable second-half performance was to blame, although still one place above Bury they too haven’t given up on a play-off spot.
“At the moment we're not good enough collectively, at all,” said Reid. “I don’t think we were too bad in the first half, but we can’t come out and do what we did in the second half.
“Hopefully we won’t peter out within the last three games of the season, and we’ll get some positive results.
“We’ve made big improvements. If you look at the few years before now, we’ve done a massive job – from keeping us in the league last year to potentially going for the play-offs this year – and it’s still not over this year, by the way.”
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