No derby de­light as qual­ity is lack­ing

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Matt Cham­bers

BOSS David Fl­itcroft has urged Bury to shift the qual­ity they show on the prac­tice pitch into match­days af­ter hail­ing his side’s re­silience in this North West derby.

Lee Croft’s 24th-minute volley had given the visi­tors to Gigg Lane a lead that they mer­ited at the in­ter­val.

But the Shakers – who re­main with­out a league vic­tory so far – re­sponded well in the sec­ond half to draw level thanks to Tom Pope’s neat close-range fin­ish in the 65th minute.

“I don’t think it was a game of high qual­ity and der­bies usu­ally don’t give you that,” Fl­itcroft said.

“Qual­ity mo­ments win these games and we didn’t show enough of them to win.

“We fully de­served to get a point from the game. But if we do want to win games, we have to take the qual­ity we show in train­ing into matches.

“But I was de­lighted with our re­sponse to go­ing 1-0 down.

“We knew we had to dig our­selves out of a hole in the sec­ond half and we did that.

“It was an in­tense game and one the fans turned out for. It was great to get an at­mos­phere in this sta­dium.

“There was a lot of gusto and hard work, but we needed that last lit­tle bit of qual­ity to open it up.”

De­spite Fl­itcroft’s ac­cu­rate as­sess­ment, both sides cre­ated enough chances to win it.

Chris Hussey’s free-kick had de­flected just wide for Bury be­fore Croft neatly turned home Joseph Mills’ cross. And Croft nearly had a chance to make it two but the home side bat­tled back and An­drew Tutte and Tom Soares hit shots wide.

Mike Jones might have done bet­ter at the other end with a ris­ing fin­ish and just be­fore Pope net­ted in off the post from close range, cen­tre-back James Wil­son hit a shot nar­rowly wide when faced with a great chance for 2-0 as Old­ham broke down­field.

The visi­tors’ new loan re­cruit from Le­ices­ter, striker Si­monas Stanke­vi­cius, came on as a sub­sti­tute and saw a goal­bound shot blocked in the 83rd minute as the un­beaten visi­tors sought a win­ner.

“We did work this week on cre­at­ing chances and we cre­ated some fan­tas­tic ones,” said Old­ham boss Dar­ren Kelly.

“On any other day, they would have gone into the back of the net.

“There was good pro­duc­tiv­ity in the fi­nal third. We just didn’t put them away.

“Lee Croft took his goal well and he could have had another five min­utes later.

“We did work this week on those ar­eas and luck­ily, one came off.

“We could have had more goals, but it wasn’t to be.

“You can’t be too crit­i­cal. Play­ers don’t de­lib­er­ately miss chances and we did cre­ate those.”

STAR MAN LEE CROFT Old­ham

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