Four-goal Vaughan is sim­ply ‘fan­tas­tic’

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

BURY head coach Chris Brass her­alded his four­goal hero James Vaughan as the Shak­ers ended their 20-match run with­out a win with a stun­ning vic­tory over play-off chas­ing Peter­bor­ough.

Vaughan bagged a first-half hat-trick be­fore adding a fourth as Bury ran riot in an ex­tra­or­di­nary 45 min­utes of foot­ball.

Brass said: “I’ve been more than happy with per­for­mances in re­cent weeks against some very good teams but un­for­tu­nately we haven’t got the re­sults.

“They stuck to the plan and James had a fan­tas­tic 90 min­utes in which we all saw the qual­i­ties he has.

“He could have had six and pos­si­bly seven but at least he’s get­ting those chances and he’s a big player for us.

“This re­sult stops the run of win­less games but you have to keep at it be­cause foot­ball is a mad game and I’ve been in it long enough to know you can’t rest on your lau­rels.”

Peter­bor­ough took the lead af­ter just four min­utes when Rob Lain­ton par­ried a shot from Gwion Ed­wards straight to Tom Nicholls but from then on it was the Vaughan show as the for­mer Ever­ton striker equalised three min­utes later with a stun­ning first-time fin­ish from the edge of the box be­fore giv­ing the Shak­ers the lead when he headed in a Ja­cob Mel­lis cor­ner.

Vaughan com­pleted his hat-trick on 24 min­utes courtesy of Tom Pope who cen­tred to the 28-year-old and three be­came four af­ter 27 min­utes when Vaughan con­verted a cross from Tay­lor Moore.

He should have had a fifth when he headed wide be­fore go­ing on to hit the post in a sec­ond half which saw Posh also thrice hit the wood­work.

De­spite Peter­bor­ough’s im­prove­ment a goal on the break felt in­evitable and it was sub­sti­tute Ge­orge Miller who beat Luke McGee to the ball be­fore find­ing the net from a tight an­gle.

Peter­bor­ough man­ager Grant McCann added: “This is def­i­nitely the tough­est game I’ve had on the touch­line. I didn’t en­joy it and I felt em­bar­rassed and ashamed watch­ing the team play and I hold my hands up be­cause Bury were better than us on the day.

“If our boys start fear­ing that our full­backs are too high then we are in trou­ble be­cause we might as well play ev­ery­one be­hind the ball but that’s not me and that’s not the foot­ball club.

“I want my team to go for­ward and score goals be­cause that’s the way we play and it’s the phi­los­o­phy of the club.”

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