Hot-shot Nardiello not giv­ing up hope

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By James Wall

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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STAR MAN DANIEL NARDIE

LLO Bury

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