Hope sets Shak­ers free with a dou­ble

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Mikael McKen­zie

BURY boss David Fl­itcroft has called for his team not to get too car­ried away af­ter they rose to third in League One with vic­tory away at Swin­don.

Hal­lam Hope bagged a first-half dou­ble to give the Shak­ers a 2-0 half-time lead.

Jon Obika pulled one back mid­way through the sec­ond pe­riod but Bury showed ut­ter re­silience to weather a fierce Swin­don storm and wrap up their fourth win on the bounce.

“I’m ab­so­lutely de­lighted with the three points,” Fl­itcroft said.

“It’s been a good day but we can’t get car­ried away with a win down at Swin­don. I thought first half Swin­don were keep­ing pos­ses­sion for pos­ses­sion’s sake and we took full ad­van­tage.

“I don’t know if there’s another team like them in the league. When they play like that you want to see the other side of your team. You want to see the will­ing­ness to go fur­ther than you have ever be­fore. It men­tally tries to break you, the way that they play.

“I wanted to see that re­silience and they have got it in abun­dance.”

Bury took the lead in­side 13 min­utes when Zeli Is­mail stood up a won­der­ful cross for Tom Pope who was de­nied by Will Henry, but Hope was on hand to sweep the ball home. Con­tro­versy struck ten min­utes later when Obika prod­ded Sean Mur­ray’s shot past Ben Wil­liams to equalise, but it was ruled out when the as­sis­tant ref­eree raised his flag ex­tremely late for off­side.

The game grew tighter as half-time ap­proached, but a mo­ment of in­di­vid­ual bril­liance from Hope dou­bled Bury’s lead as he rounded the last de­fender and coolly slot­ted past the keeper.

Bury were forced to de­fend deeper in the sec­ond half and Swin­don pulled one back in the 64th minute through Obika who prod­ded Mur­ray’s cross in from close range.

Swin­don con­tin­ued to throw the ball for­ward in search of an equaliser, but the vis­i­tors stood strong to hold out for a vi­tal win – much to the frus­tra­tion of Robins boss Luke Wil­liams.

“We got ex­actly what we de­served,” Wil­liams said.

“We didn’t bat­ter them in any way.

“They were in front and just sat back and de­fended their lead.

“We did very lit­tle about it.

“If you start a game of foot­ball in a coma, don’t be sur­prised when you come out the coma you are los­ing.

“Goals change games, but by the time the two goals are against us it is too late.”


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