Shakers need a different mindset
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