RYAN SETS UP CRUNCH WEEK
RYAN Lowe’s goal started Bury’s big week with a win against Portsmouth and manager David Flitcroft is excited for Tuesday night’s promotion crunch match with Southend.
Striker Lowe nodded in Joe Riley’s pinpoint cross from the right as the visitors went two points behind third placed Wycombe – with a game in hand.
Bury prolonged their club record of seven away wins in a row and have now not conceded away from Gigg Lane in ten hours.
Bury face fifth-placed Southend in the week, knowing a win will fire the Shakers into the automatic places.
Boss Flitcroft said: “I am excited for Tuesday night. It is a really big game and I’m excited for a really big crowd.
“We are happy to come from behind and catch up with the top three and I’m really happy with the way we have done that.
“To get that goal when we did, we have done really really well. Sometimes you control it in possession and sometimes you control it out of possession.
“We did well out of possession and all we had to do was get the one goal at the end of the first half.
“It was good to get that goal as it could have been very different if we hadn’t.
“It was an absolutely stunning bit of play.”
Jed Wallace forced Bury ‘keeper Nick Pope into two saves in a minute, firstly mishitting his cross towards goal before Pope was forced to tip over.
The midfielder, who is touted to join a number of Championship clubs, caused problems throughout the first half with his free role behind the strikers.
Wallace was at it again when he latched onto a Craig Westcarr dinked pass but Pope was equal to his powerful low effort, and it was the 21-year-old who jinked past Adam El-Abd before dragging wide.
But for the hosts’ first half dominance it was Bury who took the lead on the cusp of half-time.
After a stroking the ball back and forth across the pitch, a marauding Riley sent in a direct delivery for substitute Lowe to nod in unchallenged.
Lowe nearly added a second in the 46th minute as his 25-yard free-kick flew over but the visitors hung on to record their seventh win in a row on the road – a club record.
Pompey have lost both their games under caretaker boss Gary Waddock, after Andy Awford was sacked on Monday.
But Waddock is keen to remain a part of Pompey past the end of the season.
He said: “I want to be part of this going forward.
“This club deserves to be challenging where Bury are, not only that, they should be challenging for the Championship.
“I have spoken to Andy a number of times. It is always sad when someone loses their job, especially someone like Awford who is respected around here.
“The club asked me to take the caretaker role until the end of the season.
“Goals win football matches and we were unable to find the cutting edge in the final third.”