Brilliant Bury gave Port Vale a 4-1 thump­ing in League One –

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Josh Ni­cholls

BURY man­ager David Fl­itcroft backed James Vaughan to fire “20-plus goals” this sea­son af­ter watch­ing the for­mer Ever­ton striker net twice as his side thrashed Port Vale at a rain-soaked Gigg Lane.

Vaughan, who still holds the record for be­ing the Premier League’s youngest ever scorer, bagged a brace ei­ther side of a Ja­cob Mel­lis piledriver as the Shak­ers ran riot in the first half.

Nathan Smith replied for Vale af­ter the break but Bury sub­sti­tute Hal­lam Hope put paid to any hopes of a come­back late on.

Fl­itcroft sin­gled out Vaughan for spe­cial praise af­ter­wards stat­ing that the only thing that can stop his pro­lific new striker – he al­ready has three in two games – is his fit­ness.

“The guy is all out,” Fl­itcroft said of Vaughan. “He is com­pletely all-ac­tion, he’s so ro­bust, so dy­namic and I’ve got to ease him off at times be­cause his in­jury record is there and I want him to play as many games as he can for us this sea­son.

“He’ll get his 20-plus goals, there’s no doubt about that.

“But what I’m not go­ing to al­low him to do is pick up an in­jury that’s prob­a­bly un­nec­es­sary.

“We’ve got to con­di­tion him and pro­tect him from in­juries.”

Bury took the lead in com­i­cal fash­ion in the sixth minute when Ben Purkiss’ back­pass to Jak Al­nwick stopped dead on the sod­den pitch al­low­ing Tom Pope to square the ball to Vaughan, who side-footed into the empty net.

The Shak­ers dou­bled their lead in much more spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion in the 22nd minute when Mel­lis ar­rowed a won­der­ful 30-yard shot into the top cor­ner past the sprawl­ing Al­nwick.

The ram­pant hosts made it three on the half hour when Danny Mayor danced his way past sev­eral Vale chal­lenges to tee up Vaughan, who thumped home into the bot­tom cor­ner from the edge of the penalty area to send the home fans wild.

Vale pulled a goal back in the 58th minute when Mar­tin Pater­son’s flick-on was bun­dled over the line by Smith.

But Hope ex­tin­guished any chance of a Vale come­back in the 73rd minute when his lon­grange shot de­flected off Smith and looped cru­elly over Al­nwick to com­pound a mis­er­able af­ter­noon for the vis­i­tors, one which Vale boss Bruno Ribeiro took full re­spon­si­bil­ity for.

“It is a bad day for us, a bad game” he said.

“First half, (we were) very, very bad but it is my fault, never the play­ers. When we lose it is my fault.

“The at­ti­tude in the first half was not cor­rect. We changed our at­ti­tude in the sec­ond half but af­ter 45 min­utes and three goals it is dif­fi­cult to change things.

“The per­for­mance is not good, it is not my foot­ball, we need to see the video, see the goals and ex­plain to the play­ers how to im­prove.”

PIC­TURES: Mark Pol­litt/ Pro Sports

STAR MAN JAMES VAUGHAN Bury SING­ING IN THE RAIN: Bury for­ward James Vaughan cel­e­brates one of his two goals against Vale

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