Nev’s pep talk does it for the Shak­ers

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Sam Jermy

DAVID FL­ITCROFT was thank­ful to Gary Neville for de­liv­er­ing an in­spi­ra­tional speech to his Bury squad prior to their im­pres­sive win at Cam­bridge United.

The Shak­ers went ahead through cap­tain Nathan Cameron be­fore Tom Soares dou­bled Bury’s ad­van­tage early in the sec­ond half to leave Fl­itcroft beam­ing.

“I can’t tell you how im­pressed I have been with the player’s prepa­ra­tion af­ter last week’s aban­don­ment against Southend,” he said.

“They looked at the ta­ble af­ter Satur­day and could quite eas­ily have said the play-offs would be ac­cept­able. But the be­lief has been great re­cently.

“I got Gary Neville in to do a speech up at Car­ring­ton, it was in­spi­ra­tional to ev­ery sin­gle player and mem­ber of staff. Some of the things he spoke to us about have def­i­nitely been ad­hered to, and I can’t thank him enough.

“We’ve wanted more than the play-offs all sea­son. There’s an emo­tional drive be­hind the team and the way we moved the ball was out­stand­ing.”

Play started with Bury’s first free-kick af­ter just 12 sec­onds and a sub­se­quent way­ward header by Ryan Lowe.

Cam­bridge then re­sponded when Ryan Don­ald­son un­leashed a lethal 30-yard shot, which Bury keeper Nick Pope did well to tip over the cross­bar.

Sus­tained Bury pres­sure re­sulted in the first goal when Danny Mayor lofted the ball back into the area for Cameron to con­trol and score the sim­plest of tap-ins.

A spec­tac­u­lar one­handed save by U’s goal­keeper Chris Dunn stopped a Mayor shot on half-hour.

Things got worse for the U’s when af­ter just eight min­utes of the sec­ond pe­riod, Lowe played the ball in to Soares who made no mis­take from six yards. The home side strug­gled to get a foothold in the game un­til three changes gave them fresh im­pe­tus, with sub­sti­tute Matt Har­rold blaz­ing over only a minute af­ter com­ing on.

And with 20 min­utes left, cen­tre-back Josh Coul­son nearly headed into his own net af­ter a flow­ing Bury move.

Cam­bridge manager Richard Money read­ily ad­mit­ted his team were out­classed.

He said:“I think they might be the best team in the league just now. It was al­ways go­ing to be a re­ally tough game for us.

“There were pe­ri­ods in the game where we can take some com­fort; I thought we started well.

“In the first half there was noth­ing in it. Once they got the sec­ond goal they were able to play a bit more.

“They keep the ball so well, so it was a very dif­fi­cult af­ter­noon.”

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