BURY ‘OUT OF THIS WORLD’

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

BOSS David Fl­itcroft de­clared Bury’s firsthalf per­for­mance ‘out of this world’ as they rock­eted to sec­ond in the League One ta­ble.

Winger Zeli Is­mail opened the scor­ing for the Shak­ers but Kristian Dennis equalised on the stroke of half-time.

As the game ap­peared to be head­ing for a draw Bury for­ward Tom Pope nod­ded his fifth goal of the sea­son to wrap up a fifth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory.

“The first half is prob­a­bly the most ram­pant that we’ve started,” Fl­itcroft said. “James Vaughan re­ally put us on the front foot and (Tom) Pope and Zeli (Is­mail) – it was a per­for­mance from an­other planet.

“The first half I felt sorry for the full-back (Liam Gra­ham). When Zeli’s in that form he is un­playable. He tor­tured him at times and he made it a real dif­fi­cult af­ter­noon for the kid. He could have had a hat-trick in­side ten min­utes quite eas­ily.

“For the sec­ond goal Tom Walker’s de­liv­ery and Popey’s header was just class. He is prob­a­bly the best striker in the league for that type of ball.

“If that sec­ond one is scored in the Cham­pi­onship or Pre­mier League they would be oozing over it. If (Zla­tan) Ibrahi­movic scores that goal they would show it a mil­lion times – it was a fan­tas­tic goal for Popey.”

Bury made a light­en­ing start and Is­mail caused all sorts of prob­lems down the right wing – his clos­est ef­fort com­ing on four min­utes when he raced through on goal but his dinked fin­ish over goal­keeper Ryan Ful­ton trick­led just wide.

Spiri­etes striker Conor Wilkin­son smashed a 20-yard free-kick against the post five min­utes be­fore half-time, but it was the Shak­ers who took the lead from the re­sult­ing coun­ter­at­tack as Is­mail broke away from three de­fend­ers and blasted a shot into the bottom cor­ner.

On the stroke of half-time though, Dennis found him­self un­marked a cou­ple of yards out and he duly tapped in the equaliser.

The tempo dropped in the sec­ond half, but sub­sti­tute Walker swung a mag­nif­i­cent cross into the box a minute from time which Pope headed home to seal the points.

And Ch­ester­field man­ager Danny Wil­son said: “I’m an­gry be­cause I think we had enough op­por­tu­ni­ties, in the sec­ond half in par­tic­u­lar.

“We weath­ered a storm in the first half. There was a lot of pres­sure but we de­fended it re­ally well and got through to half-time.

“We went a goal down but came back with an equaliser fairly quickly.

“Then in the sec­ond half I thought we took over. For large parts of the game we had good pos­ses­sion and got into some fan­tas­tic po­si­tions but just frit­tered it away with­out even wor­ry­ing their keeper.

“That’s what has up­set me more than any­thing. The de­ci­sion mak­ing when we were on the ball was very av­er­age and we’ve got to get bet­ter than that.”

PIC­TURES: Mark Pol­litt/ProS­ports

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