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

EX­ETER manager Paul Tis­dale was in­censed his side were not awarded a penalty late on in this stale­mate. The in­ci­dent came five min­utes from the end when sub­sti­tute David Wheeler broke away and Tis­dale was con­vinced ref­eree Nigel Miller made a mess of the de­ci­sion.

“It’s prob­a­bly the key de­ci­sion in the game,” he said.

“We ask play­ers to stay on their feet and it’s a trav­esty when a player stays on his feet when he gets clipped while shoot­ing and the penalty’s not given.

“Do we have to send peo­ple hurtling to the floor to get a foul? Do we have to tell play­ers to dive and roll around to get a de­ci­sion?

“It incenses me. It wasn’t a bad de­ci­sion for foot­ball, it was a shock­ing one.

“If it’s out­side the box it’s a send­ing off and if it’s in­side it’s a penalty. To get nei­ther is a trav­esty.”

Tis­dale’s side took the lead in the 13th minute with their first at­tack­ing threat.

Alex Ni­cholls smashed a free-kick against the bar and full-back Ar­ron Davies volleyed home into an empty net from ten yards.

Bury re­acted well and cre­ated nu­mer­ous chances. Nicky Adams saw a low shot saved by Christy Pym, Chris Hussey rat­tled the bar and then Pym de­nied Adams again.

Pym was fi­nally beaten a minute be­fore half time, though, as for­mer Ex­eter striker Danny Nardiello headed home at the back post.

Bury’s Craig Jones burst down the right and put a per­fect cross on to the head of Nardiello, who had an easy fin­ish for the equaliser.

The sec­ond half was much the same, with Bury dom­i­nat­ing pos­ses­sion, though un­able to find an­other goal.

Nardiello had the best chance to put the Shak­ers in front but mis­fired af­ter Pym had spilt a long-range shot from An­drew Tutte, be­fore Danny Mayor opted to pass rather than shoot in a scor­ing op­por­tu­nity.

The chances con­tin­ued to come, but Bury could not find a way past Pym, to leave the fans won­der­ing how they didn’t claim all the points.

Boss David Fl­itcroft be­lieved his side cre­ated enough chances to win the game but was ul­ti­mately dis­ap­pointed with the lack of qual­ity at times.

“We’ve just been in the coaches’ room dis­cussing how many op­por­tu­ni­ties we cre­ated and we’ll look back on it and the stats from the game,” he said.

“We cre­ated a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties in the fi­nal third and, at times, the qual­ity wasn’t just what I wanted.

“In the first half it took them 14 min­utes to get into our half and they’ve scored from their first shot on tar­get af­ter they had hit the bar from a free-kick.

“We’ve dom­i­nated an Ex­eter side that like to get the ball down and pass it.

“I’m dis­ap­pointed with the last bit as we’ve had so many chances again.

“Danny Nardiello has had a fan­tas­tic chance and he’s the only player on the pitch you want it to fall to af­ter he’s scored.

“Danny Rose has had a good chance, Chris Hussey has hit the bar.

“There’s a tinge of frus­tra­tion in there but there al­ways is if you don’t win.”

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