SHAKERS SHOW SIGNS OF LIFE

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Sam All­sop

WITH two draws over the fes­tive pe­riod against Fleet­wood and yes­ter­day away at pro­mo­tion-chas­ing Brad­ford, the end of 2016 will fill Bury fans with a lit­tle more hope for the New Year.

They still haven’t won a game since Septem­ber when they de­feated MK Dons 3-2 away from home.

But there were plenty of pos­i­tive signs from a very young side yes­ter­day, and man­ager Chris Brass ap­pre­ci­ates the ef­forts of all his play­ers, young and old.

He said: “The key is you’ve got to trust them, they will make mis­takes, the big boys make mis­takes. They will learn, some­times to­wards the end of a game it’s not a bad thing to just clear your lines.

“The older boys in my team have got to un­der­stand they can still achieve later in their ca­reers.

“They want the young­sters to go on and have a ca­reer like they have or pos­si­bily even bet­ter.”

Shakers’ mid­fielder Scott Burgess opened the scor­ing with a de­light­ful lob which wouldn’t have looked out of place in the Pre­mier League,

Brass gave some insight into the young­ster’s re­cent per­for­mances. He said: “We’ve seen it in de­feats, he’s got an aw­ful lot of qual­ity.

“He’s start­ing to trust him­self and be­lieve in him­self.

“He’s got a cou­ple of goals and as­sists now which is mas­sive for him.” Nicky Law equalised for the Ban­tams early in the secon half with his third goal of the sea­son. Jordy Hi­wula’s pow­er­ful strike was blocked by Rob Lainton in the Shakers’ goal but Law was there to drive the re­bound home.

The re­sult made it four con­sec­u­tive draws for Brad­ford and the 18,000-strong crowd at Val­ley Pa­rade will be hop­ing for a few more vic­to­ries in the new year if they are to achieve their goal of pro­mo­tion.

Brad­ford face Northamp­ton Town away to­mor­row and man­ager Stu­art McCall said he doesn’t care about the per­for­mance as long as his side win.

“In fact I wouldn’t mind a rot­ten per­for­mance as long as we get a goal and win the game,” he said. “I keep us­ing this word ‘frus­trat­ing’, but it was again yes­ter­day.

“The sec­ond half was far bet­ter than the first, in fair­ness there hasn’t been many times this year where I’ve had to tear into my play­ers, but in the first half we were very poor out there.

“We’ve got the New Year to look for­ward to.

“We’re still in a po­si­tion we are pleased to be in and we look for­ward and pos­i­tively.

“This sea­son can still be very suc­cess­ful.

“There’s been too many draws no doubt about it.

“We haven’t got that magic wand at the minute where we can change those chances into goals.

“But we keep knock­ing on the door and hope­fully we can start win­ning.”

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