SHAKERS NOT WOBBLING YET
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
STAR MAN TOM SOARE
S Bury WINNERS: Daniel Nardiello, left, celebrates scoring Bury’s second goal. Inset: The striker slots home