BRILLIANT BURY GIVE LATICS THE BRUSH OFF
Former winners are out
BURY stormed into the second round of the FA Cup with a fantastic performance to knock out the 2013 winners at Gigg Lane.
Shakers boss David Flitcroft saw his side inflict a first defeat on the Latics since September 12, and stated that it was about the team performance after a testing week off the field for Bury.
He said: “It’s difficult to pick out an individual performance. I said to them before the game ‘battles are won with teams, there are never individuals in battles or in war.’
“We certainly set a game plan out and it’s difficult for me to single anyone out because I look at the whole week, everyone has pulled each other through while people have been struggling with illness. It was a real team performance and that’s what has got us the victory.”
The two sides have met three times already this season, with Bury coming out on top twice, and Flitcroft was quick to praise his consistent performers for knocking out the team he describes as ‘the best in the competition’.
“We beat them in the Capital One Cup, we’ve beaten them in the FA Cup. That’s how we perform, we’ve been performing consistently for two years so I think we’re consistent performers. They believe they can beat any team we play, I send out that message to this group of players.
“They are the best team in the competition, them and Sheffield United are the two biggest clubs. They won the FA Cup two years ago, so that’s what we’ve come up against.”
The Shakers took the lead in the 18th minute through Tom Pope, though he had Wigan goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell to thank.
Pope rose above his marker to head towards goal and O’Donnell fumbled what looked to be a relatively easy save onto the post and into the back of the net.
Bury doubled their lead midway through the first half when Danny Mayor finished emphatically to complete a Bury counter attack. Jacob Mellis won the ball in his own half before embarking on a 60-yard run and playing in Mayor, who smashed past O’Donnell for 2-0.
The home side continued to be on top and extended their lead to three goals two minutes into added time.
Pope knocked down Danny Pugh’s back-post cross and Nathan Cameron was there to ensure the ball hit the back of the net to complete a special first half for the Shakers.
Wigan manager Gary Caldwell made a double change at half-time but it was Flitcroft’s first substitute who had the better impact on the second half. Leon Clarke bundled home Joe Riley’s fantastic cross just five minutes after coming on to all but secure progression into the second round.
The Latics looked to reduce the deficit late on but couldn’t find a way past the consistent Bury back four. Craig Davies fired high and wide after breaking into the area before the Wigan striker and Max Power saw powerful shots blocked, leaving Caldwell feeling the lowest he was been since taking charge.
“It’s probably the lowest I’ve been since I got the job. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong and it’s one we have to take on the chin,” he said.
“We had great support again so we have to apologise to the fans. It’s not good enough in terms of the result and the performance. “I thought we started very well.We had opportunities to score and you can’t take them for granted because they’re not going to keep coming.We have to be more clinical.
“The first goal came from a mistake and then we crumbled after that, and that’s something we’ve not done this season.
“You can’t give teams a three-goal start and expect to come back. As a team, you have to rally round and do something about it but we just didn’t play after that first goal.
“It’s a massive disappointment.”
SO STRONG: Bury celebrate Danny Mayor’s goal, their second of a memorable afternoon
POINT BLANK: Nathan Cameron nods in the third for Bury
UP AND AWAY: Bury’s Danny Rose heads over the crossbar