Pools are Tutte-ing as Bury climb up
BURY moved back into the play-off zone, on a day when Hartlepool United trudged ever closer to the Football League trapdoor.
This was Pools’ 20th defeat of the season, while it was Bury’s first win in four.
The game looked set for a stalemate until the 75th minute, when Pools’ striker Marvin Morgan needlessly gave the ball away to Danny Mayor, who charged into the penalty area and Andrew Tutte bundled in.
In truth, neither side deserved to win this one, but it was symptomatic of Pools’ season that they gifted victory to the Shakers.
“We had to work hard for this,’’ admitted Bury boss David Flitcroft.
“Ronnie Moore teams fight to the death. This was a tough game and Hartlepool beat Northampton lately and have been in form – we had to stand up to the test and I think we did that.
“It took us a long time to break them down, but on the balance of play we only had one shot to save early on and that was it.
“Three points were massive. I knew we weren’t going to concede, to win it we tinkered a bit and swapped things about with wingers and strikers and in the end we had too much for them.
“We keep looking at what we do, 11 games, 21 points, so we are in form. We are doing the right things as a team.
“We learned how to win games, we are sick of managers saying after a defeat that we have been the best side.”
Only three minutes had elapsed when Pools’ should have taken the lead. Michael Woods robbed Tutte of possession in midfield and fed Morgan.
The on-loan Plymouth striker found his way into the area, but fired his finish too close to keeper Nick Pope, before squandering the loose follow up.
At the other end, Scott Flinders made a fine save to deny a goal-bound header from dominant defender Nathan Cameron.
Flinders made a top double save to deny Nicky Adams on a midfield break, but Pools restricted the Shakers to shots from distance.
Losing boss Ronnie Moore admitted:“It’s hard. Tight margins proved the difference.
“They are going to have pressure as the home team and plenty of the ball, but there was nothing between the teams, first half especially.
“And they had to change their system as we were that much on top.
“We had the first chance of the game – and the best one –and in tight games like this one, you have to take them.
“The only thing missing was the goal.We didn’t have a goalscorer in the team and with one we would have been OK.''
STAR MAN SCOTT FLINDE