Shakers need a dif­fer­ent mind­set

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Jamie Bow­man

BURY head coach Chris Brass ad­mits his side needs to work on their men­tal­ity af­ter a 12th con­sec­u­tive League One de­feat saw the Shakers drop into the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

Brass, who was of­fi­cially ap­pointed this week af­ter an in­terim pe­riod in charge at Gigg Lane, saw Bury twice take the lead against Ox­ford only to lose af­ter Greg Leigh’s sec­ond half own goal.

Brass said: “The lads be­lieved they could win and at half-time they felt they had more than enough to take the game to Ox­ford.

“But you have to make sure that if you score two goals in a game you are get­ting some­thing from it.

“We’ve looked at it from a dif­fer­ent an­gle in re­spect to what goes on be­tween the ears to the grey mat­ter but the ac­tual foot­ball is pos­i­tive.

“Be­ing in the rel­e­ga­tion zone means we now know where we are at and it’s not the ele­phant in the room any­more so now we know what we need to do to climb out.”

The first half be­gan with the hosts on the front foot and they quickly took the lead when the Ox­ford de­fence al­lowed a clear­ance from veteran keeper Paul Rachubka to find its way to James Vaughan, who placed a lob over the stranded Si­mon East­wood.

Ox­ford were level ten min­utes later when Chris Maguire placed a low free-kick be­yond Rachubka’s de­spair­ing dive.

On 40 min­utes Scott Burgess swung over a pin­point cross which was met by Tom Pope who con­verted af­ter his header was ini­tally saved on the line by Chey Dunk­ley.

Two min­utes be­fore the break up stepped Maguire again to place an­other stun­ning free­kick past Rachubka, who was mak­ing his de­but for his 17th club.

The sec­ond half saw Ox­ford turn the screw and it was hard not to feel sorry for the be­lea­guered Shakers af­ter the un­for­tu­nate Leigh put through his own net.

Ox­ford man­ager Michael Ap­ple­ton added: “It was a tough game be­cause we were in a lose-lose si­t­u­a­tion against a team who’ve had 11 con­sec­u­tive de­feats.

“We were ex­pected to win be­cause of the run they are on but if we lose we are the team that have lost to Bury so to come back twice from be­hind and go on and win was very sat­is­fy­ing.

“We are eight games un­beaten now and long may that con­tinue and it sets up for a fan­tas­tic game against Northamp­ton on Boxing Day.

“We are down to the bare bones but if they show the en­ergy and en­deavor they showed here, we will be OK.”

STAR MAN CHRIS MAGUIRE Ox­ford

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