Former win­ners are out

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP FIRST ROUND - By Michael Hen­son

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

PIC­TURE: Me­dia Im­age

POINT BLANK: Nathan Cameron nods in the third for Bury

UP AND AWAY: Bury’s Danny Rose heads over the cross­bar

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