DANNY’S DOU­BLE SENDS BURY TOP

Nardiello sees off Brew­ers

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Michael Hen­son

BURY had to use all their fight­ing qual­i­ties to over­come a stub­born Bur­ton Al­bion to move top of the ta­ble and boss David Fl­itcroft is con­fi­dent that his side are only just get­ting started de­spite now sit­ting top of the pile.

Danny Nardiello came off the bench to score ei­ther side of a Ryan Lowe strike, Ja­cob Blyth grab­bing a con­so­la­tion for Bur­ton.

And Fl­itcroft is ex­cited about the project which is build­ing at Gigg Lane.

“Against Bur­ton with them park­ing the bus and drop­ping so deep with a low block, you’re go­ing to have a wres­tle,” Fl­itcroft said.

“You’re go­ing to have a sit­u­a­tion where you’ve got to wres­tle that tempo and I think we did in the first half. We sighted them and they sighted us. Only one team wanted to win that game in that first half.

“Hav­ing Nardiello on there in the sec­ond half, he loves work­ing in tight spa­ces and he can cre­ate goals for him­self.

“Peo­ple keep talk­ing about win­ning and Bury win­ning but I en­joy the foot­ball. I en­joy build­ing a prod­uct and en­joy the lads be­ing in re­ceipt of it.

“I en­joy the per­for­mance and I was taught well. If you can keep con­trol and keep fo­cus­ing on the per­for­mance the wins will come. If you de­fend and at­tack like we do, the wins will come be­cause you’re do­ing ev­ery­thing by the let­ter of the law from a coach­ing point of view.”

Bury started on the front foot and went close to open­ing the scor­ing after six min­utes when Pablo Mills met Nicky Adams’ floated cross but his header went nar­rowly over the bar.

Rob­bie Weir tested Bury keeper and for­mer Bur­ton loa­nee Rob Lain­ton from long range while, at the other end, Tom Soares was un­able to di­vert a Danny Rose shot goal­wards.

The home side were dom­i­nat­ing pos­ses­sion and on the stroke of half-time Soares played in Craig Jones but the full-back fired his an­gled shot wide.

Fl­itcroft in­tro­duce Nardiello at half-time and he made an im­me­di­ate im­pact. Danny Mayor’s fed the for­mer Manch­ester United trainee who fired a first-time shot through the legs of Jon McLaugh­lin.

Bury dou­bled the lead on 57 min­utes after con­fu­sion in the Bur­ton box. Adams and Rob­bie Weir con­tested for a 50/50 ball and the ball fell to Lowe who fin­ished past McLaugh­lin.

Bur­ton had the chance to half the deficit soon after but Stu­art Beavon was un­able to di­rect his header on tar­get from Blyth’s cross.

Nardiello then made sure of the points when he cap­i­talised on an over­hit back pass from Shane Cans­dell-Sher­riff to tap the ball into an empty net.

Blyth grabbed a con­so­la­tion for Bur­ton with two min­utes left when he headed in Beavon’s cross.

“They were two very, very poor goals to con­cede at any level re­ally,” said Bur­ton boss Gary Rowett. “It made the game go away from us at that point and for the last 20 or 25 min­utes we ral­lied quite well and chased the game OK to get a good goal through Ja­cob Blyth but it was too lit­tle, too late.

“We came with a game plan that I felt went well in the first half – we got into some good po­si­tions and limited them to rel­a­tively few chances.

“I felt as though for the last five min­utes of the first half we al­lowed them to get in and around the box too eas­ily and we spoke about it at half-time.

“I’ve said we’ve took the plau­dits over the last 18 months about the way we’ve de­fended and I feel the last two games we’ve come away from that.

“I’ve said to them that I’m not happy with that, we’ve got to take that on the chin.

“When we take the credit we’ve also got to re­act to stuff like that and do some­thing about it if the de­fen­sive side of a game isn’t good enough.”

TUSSLE: Bury’s Tom Soares and Bur­ton’s Callum McFadzean in ac­tion

PIC­TURES: Me­dia Im­age Ltd

FIRST BLOOD: Danny Nardiello cel­e­brates open­ing the scor­ing with Ryan Lowe and Danny Mayor

STAR MAN DANIEL NARDIE

LLO Bury

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