NARDIELLO REACHES TON TO IN­SPIRE THE SHAK­ERS

Bury leapfrog Ply­mouth with win

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Matt Bam­sey

DAVID Fl­itcroft re­vealed how a pre-match pep talk with Daniel Nardiello in­spired the striker to score his 100th league goal as Bury won the battle of the pro­mo­tion hope­fuls.

The for­mer Manch­ester United trainee had scored just once away from home ahead of yes­ter­day’s Home Park show­down, prompt­ing Fl­itcroft to in­ter­vene with some wise words.

And the chat paid off as Nardiello headed a 62nd-minute opener be­fore Danny Rose came off the bench to seal the win in the 90th minute.

Bury’s third straight win saw them leapfrog Ply­mouth into fifth place and they are now just five points adrift of the au­to­matic pro­mo­tion places.

And Fl­itcroft warned this lat­est win is a state­ment of in­tent.

The Shak­ers chief beamed: “We signed Daniel last sea­son and his goals kept us in the league.

“He loves scor­ing at home but had only scored one away from home this sea­son. That is some­thing we touched on be­fore the game and I had a chat with him. It seems to have paid off.

“Nicky’s cross was pitch per­fect and Nards did what Nards does. It was like watch­ing in slow mo­tion as he climbed to meet the ball and there was only one place it was go­ing to go.

“We saw the steel and re­solve of us here. We pen­e­trated them twice and not many teams will do that down

here. We have got 24 points from 12 games and we are in fan­tas­tic form.

“Our away form has gone through the roof and I am one very proud manager at the mo­ment.”

Nardiello wasted a glo­ri­ous early chance af­ter Carl McHugh failed to cut out Nicky Adams’ pass and the 32-year-old lifted the ball over the top from six yards.

Bury goal­keeper Nick Pope pro­duced com­fort­able saves to deny Drew Tal­bot and Tareiq Holmes-Den­nis, but it was the vis­i­tors who car­ried the greater threat.

Danny Mayor showed some nifty foot­work to set up Adams for a shot that sailed past the far post. Mo­ments later, Adams al­most cashed in on some sloppy play from Peter Hart­ley but ‘keeper Luke McCormick was equal to his ef­fort. Set-pieces looked Ply­mouth’s best bet and Bobby Reid let fly with a fierce free-kick that was well gath­ered by Pope.

Adam El-Abd was pre­sented with a chance to break the dead­lock on the stroke of half-time but he headed Chris Hussey’s cor­ner wide.

Lewis Alessan­dra did have the ball in the net on 55 min­utes but the Ply­mouth striker had strayed off­side. The home side con­tin­ued to press and Curtis Nel­son’s header rat­tled the cross­bar af­ter the de­fender rose high­est to meet Reid’s cor­ner.

But Bury soaked up the pres­sure and grabbed the opener with a peach of a cross from Adams and a de­ci­sive header from Nardiello for his 13th of the sea­son.

Hussey came close to dou­bling the Shak­ers’ ad­van­tage with a wicked curl­ing free-kick that brought a fin­ger-tip save out of McCormick.

Yet the vis­i­tors were not to be de­nied as Rose es­caped down the right and threaded the ball through McCormick’s legs.

Ply­mouth boss John Sheri­dan ad­mits the loss of 17-goal striker Reuben Reid with a foot in­jury was a ma­jor set­back and played its part in this de­feat.

“Reuben is a big player for us and it would have given the op­po­si­tion a lift when they no­ticed his name was not on the scor­sheet,” he said. “We didn’t re­ally get go­ing and we looked slow and lethar­gic. Pos­ses­sion-wise Bury were the bet­ter side in the first half but I was pleased with the way we came out in the sec­ond half.

“There was no lack of ef­fort but the goals knocked us back.

“We have been on a bril­liant run that has got us back in the mix.

“If we are go­ing to get out of this di­vi­sion we will lose games.

“We have to take this re­sult on the chin and bounce back.”

UN­DER PRES­SURE: Ryan Brunt chal­lenges Bury goal­keeper Nick Pope for the ball

PIC­TURES: Pin­na­cle

CEN­TURY: Daniel Nardiello wheels away af­ter giv­ing Bury the lead

STAR MAN NICKY ADAMS

Bury

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