Chuba chops Bury into pieces

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP FOURTH ROUND - By John McDougall

BURY boss David Fl­itcroft blasted two de­ci­sions in as many min­utes as his side went out of the FA Cup to Chuba Akpom’s hat-trick for Cham­pi­onship lead­ers Hull.

Arse­nal loa­nee striker Akpom opened the scor­ing in the first half, be­fore adding his se­cond from the spot and a sub­lime third to com­plete his hat-trick, while Craig Jones scored a con­so­la­tion for the Shak­ers just be­fore full-time.

But Fl­itcroft rued Ryan Lowe’s strike be­ing chalked off for off­side and ac­cused Tigers mid­fielder Sone Aluko of div­ing to win his side a penalty just mo­ments later.

Fl­itcroft said: “Lowey’s checked his run and it’s not off­side, I’ve seen it now so it’s not off­side.

“And then they go up the pitch and Aluko dives, a mil­lion per­cent dives over Reece Brown’s leg. The penalty de­ci­sion’s an ab­so­lute joke.

“We had a rally at stages of the game but you want your of­fi­cials to come and do their job and do their work. I re­ally had an in­stinct about the two de­ci­sions but now I’ve seen them it’s ab­so­lutely cast iron.

“But tak­ing noth­ing away from Steve Bruce and the work he’s done and the pro­fes­sion­al­ism of peo­ple like Michael Daw­son and Tom Hud­dle­stone.”

Danny Mayor darted into the heart of the Hull de­fence and set up Danny Rose whose fifth-minute ef­fort was smartly saved by Eldin Jakupovic.

But David Meyler broke through on goal and though Ian Lawlor made a vi­tal save to deny the mid­fielder, Akpom smashed home the 14th-minute re­bound.

Rose then came to his side’s aid af­ter clear­ing Meyler’s 21st-minute header from Ryan Tay­lor’s cor­ner off the line as the Tigers searched for a se­cond.

As Bury failed to clear their lines and the heav­ens opened, Aluko gath­ered the ball on the edge of the box and fired a 31st-minute rocket just over the bar.

Tom Pope nearly lev­eled af­ter ris­ing high­est but just failed to con­nect with Chris Hussey’s stop­page time cor­ner.

The Shak­ers thought they had equalised when Mayor’s low 55thminute cross was flicked home by vet­eran striker Lowe only for it to be dis­al­lowed for off­side.

And Bury rued the de­ci­sion when mo­ments later a jink­ing Aluko went down un­der Brown’s chal­lenge and Akpom neatly tucked away his se­cond of the game from the penalty spot.

Arse­nal loa­nee Akpom sealed his hat-trick in style af­ter driv­ing at the Bury rear­guard and drop­ping a shoul­der to place a 69th-minute curl­ing ef­fort past a div­ing Lawlor.

Lowe headed a 79th-minute ef­fort into the stand from close range but the Shak­ers grabbed a con­so­la­tion when Mayor fired across goal and Jones lashed home in the 87th minute.

But de­spite the late con­so­la­tion, Fl­itcroft’s op­po­site num­ber Bruce was sim­ply happy to have nav­i­gated a tricky tie.

Speak­ing about Aluko, Tigers boss Bruce said: “I’m de­lighted for him.

“He spat his dummy out and took his toys out of the pram last week, but he’s a young player with lots of abil­ity and that’ll do him the world of good.

“It was good to see that he got a hat-trick and I’m sure he’ll re­mem­ber that one.

“It was never go­ing to be easy.To be fair to Bury they were spir­ited and big and ag­gres­sive, and it made it a proper cup tie.

“In the end we got the breaks and that lit­tle bit of qual­ity you could see in the end just brought us through.”

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