Shakers’ back four remains unmoved
BURY’S mean defence will be the key to success this season, according to boss David Flitcroft, after the Shakers beat fellow in-form side in Colchester United.
Bury have now won their last seven games in all competitions and are up to third in League One, after Leon Clarke headed in Joe Riley’s deep cross at the far post with 15 minutes remaining to secure them yet another victory.
It settled a tight affair at between two sides who had been riding high in the form table.
Flitcroft said:“It’s another win for a team that doesn’t know when it’s beaten and gives everything that I want as a person.
“It’s been a really hard five days for us and we had seven hours travelling down to Colchester on Friday.
“The players have given everything and we know that if we get a clean sheet, our team scores goals and to score the winner through Leon was great.
“It looked like it might be 0-0 but it’s really important that we’re resolute and score goals.
“I’m absolutely over the moon with the result and performance.”
Colchester midfielder Joe Edwards’ long-range shot was superbly tipped around the post by Bury keeper Rob Lainton midway through the first half.
Lainton also denied George Moncur soon after but Bury came inches away from scoring just before the break through Chris Hussey, whose excellent free-kick from the edge of the area hit the woodwork.
Lainton punched away Marvin Sordell’s longrange effort just after half-time and also denied Moncur, who had raced through on goal.
Lainton then foiled Gavin Massey from pointblank range, before Colchester had a penalty appeal rejected after Bury substitute Tom Pope appeared to handle Callum Harriott’s cross.
But Bury defended well and scored what proved to be the winner through Clarke’s wellplaced header.
It brought an end to the U’s four-match winning run and boss Tony Humes admitted the result came down to who blinked first.
“It was a very tight game all the way through,” said Humes.“I thought that they showed us a lot of respect and there wasn’t much in it.
“I thought we dominated the majority of the game and had the better of the chances but the keeper has made three or four fantastic saves.
“We keep saying that the first goal wins the game and they’ve nicked it.We’re disappointed but it’s another good performance where we’ve played well.
“I thought we played the better football and put them off their game - we had a lot of territory but they defended very well.”
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