Flitcroft bemoans ref display
BURY boss David Flitcroft was unhappy with referee Graham Salisbury’s performance in their derby clash against Wigan as a game-changing red card cost his side a seventh consecutive league victory.
Nathan Cameron headed Bury into an early lead before sub Tom Pope doubled the advantage with a diving header on the hour mark.
But Shakers defender Chris Hussey saw red in the 78th minute and allowed the visitors a way back into the game – sub Grant Holt the first beneficiary turning home from close-range to halve the deficit.
And as the clock ticked to 90 minutes, Wigan skipper Craig Morgan drilled the ball into the bottom corner to snatch a share of the points.
Flitcroft said: “I will speak with the referee but my emotions are running high at the moment.
“When you see officiating like that over 94 minutes, the inconsistencies and the chaos with the sending-off, it's tough.
“He gives Hussey two yellows but then forgets he's booked him in the first half.
“I don’t actually blame the ref. I think people above the ref sending him to this game need to look at that and analyse that.
“After the sending off it became a toss-up. It became a game of chaos.
“I didn’t feel under threat whatsoever with 11 men on the pitch. We had total control without the ball and the discipline and it has been undone and that’s difficult.”
Cameron put Bury ahead inside the sixth minute when he met Hussey’s corner and powered a header into the top corner.
The Shakers’ early dominance had their local rivals rattled and Peter Clarke almost doubled the lead with a close-range header that was cleared off the line.
Flitcroft introduced Reece Brown and Pope in the 53rd minute and seven minutes later the duo combined to double the hosts’ lead – the latter meeting a cross from the right with a superb diving header that crashed into the roof of the net.
The Latics came back at Bury as Michael Jacobs skied over with the goal gaping before Hussey was sent off for a second yellow card after bringing down Max Power in the 78th minute.
The red card was a gamechanger and sparked Wigan into life as Holt converted a cross from the right six minutes from time to tee up a tense finale.
And six minutes later the visitors drew level – skipper Morgan drilled a low 25-yard shot into the bottom right-hand corner to send the traveling fans behind that goal into pandemonium.
But the drama was not over there as Rob Lainton was needed to tip Chris McCann’s stinging halfvolley over the bar before Jacobs rattled the post six minutes into added time.
Wigan manager Gary Caldwell said: “I think everybody in the stadium could see that there was only one team in the game from start to finish. We can’t gift goals that we gift.
“To go 2-0 down and still keep going and still keep playing the same way; they deserve a lot of credit for that because that’s difficult.
“We kept probing and got the least that we deserved.
“Overall I am delighted with the way we played, apart from the two goals and the character of this team is never in question.
“It is there for all to see and if we keep going we won’t be far away from those at the top hopefully.”
HEADING IN: Bury captain Nathan Cameron jumps highest to put his side in front early on