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

BURY boss David Fl­itcroft ad­mit­ted his side are look­ing the real deal at the busi­ness end of the cam­paign af­ter a dom­i­nant win at play-off hope­fuls New­port County.

The Shak­ers are just four points be­hind third-placed Wy­combe with a game in hand af­ter this de­served victory in South Wales.

Bury took the lead mid­way through the first half through Ryan Lowe’s header and dou­bled their ad­van­tage late on through Daniel Nardiello with New­port throw­ing the kitchen sink at the vis­i­tors seek­ing an equaliser.

“I’m ab­so­lutely de­lighted, the New­port boys re­ally play for their manager and are driven on by the coach­ing staff,” Fl­itcroft said.

“In the build-up all the talk was about what they are go­ing to do to us and how they were go­ing to spoil the party and take the game to us.

“But we didn't al­low that and that’s what I’m re­ally pleased with.

“We’ve worked on it all week and made sure we dom­i­nated the ball in the first half, and the sec­ond-half per­for­mance pleased me more than any­thing.

“We’re mak­ing progress in ev­ery as­pect of the foot­ball club and mov­ing to Car­ring­ton is as­sist­ing in that. That’s what sac­ri­fice is, it’s about com­mit­ting day in day out for each other and that was ev­i­dent here.”

The Shak­ers pro­duced al­most the clas­sic away dis­play, soak­ing up early pres­sure from the hosts be­fore show­ing a far greater killer in­stinct when it came to goalscor­ing chances.

Bury’s opener had a touch of for­tune about it, Christo­pher Hussey came short for a cor­ner and the Ex­iles didn’t re­act, but his hope­ful shot looked to be head­ing wide be­fore striker Lowe got a bril­liant touch, di­vert­ing the ball pre­cisely past Joe Day who didn’t have the time to re­act.

How­ever, it was only the im­pres­sive Day who kept the score at 1-0, County look­ing a lit­tle bereft in attack apart from a pow- er­ful ef­fort from dis­tance by striker Aaron O’Con­nor.

At the other end, Bury are still prob­a­bly won­der­ing how Day re­pelled a David May­lor ef­fort, while Craig Jones fired over with the goal at his mercy be­fore Nardiello made the game safe.

The Ex­iles had a few penalty shouts waved away and never lacked for ef­fort in front of a pas­sion­ate Rod­ney Pa­rade crowd, but the loss of Justin Ed­in­burgh ap­pears to be hurt­ing them.

“We had a few early chances that we needed to take, but we’ve come up against a good side in Bury,” New­port boss Jimmy Dack re­flected.

“They have won eight from ten and in good form, they are a solid, ex­pe­ri­enced side and from them scor­ing, we were al­ways chas­ing the game.

“We were beaten by the bet­ter team with­out a doubt and I am not go­ing to dress it up in any other way.

“They fully de­served to win, they are a good team who we gave it a good go against, but just fell a bit short. But there is four games still to go and in terms of our chances of get­ting in the play-offs, we feel we are still right in it.”

NEW­PORT (3-5-2): Day 6, Jones 5, Poole 6, San­dell 5, Jack­son 7, Klukowski 5 (Storey 46, 6), Min­shull 5 (Feely 54, 6), Chap­man 6, Byrne 6, O’Con­nor 6, Ze­broski 5 (Jef­fers 70, 6) Subs not used: Stephens, Porter, Parker, Tu­tonda BURY (4-4-2): Pope 7, Jones 6, Hussey 7, El-Abd 6, Cameron 7, Tutte 7, Etuhu 7, Mayor 7, Soares 8 (Rose 80, N/A), Lowe 7 (Nardiello 62, 6), Eaves 6 (Sedg­wick 70, 5) Subs not used: Hope, Adams, O’Brien, Lain­ton

PIC­TURES: UK Sport Pics


S Bury WIN­NERS: Daniel Nardiello, left, cel­e­brates scor­ing Bury’s sec­ond goal. Inset: The striker slots home

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