We can’t sit back and mope says Clark
DEFEAT to Rochdale was a third in succession for Bury, but manager Lee Clark is certain of one thing: the Shakers cannot sit and feel sorry for themselves.
Callum Camps’ stunning first-half free-kick made the difference at Gigg Lane, a result that left the hosts dangerously close to the League One relegation zone.
And with a trip to second-placed Bolton Wanderers to come on Tuesday, the bid to avoid the drop gets a little tougher for a manager whose side was booed off for the first time in his tenure.
“Possession doesn’t win you football matches. I said to the players before the game it’s all about the result, so we’re deeply frustrated,” said Clark.
“This silly little run has put us right back in the mix, we could have been clear but it shows how quickly it changes.
“Tuesday will be a great game, a local derby, and in those matches the result is the be all and end all.
“We’ve got to dust ourselves down – we can’t feel sorry for ourselves because nobody is going to help us.
“We’ve got to be positive, this hurts and we’re disappointed, Tuesday will be huge for both clubs and they’re one of the best teams in the league.
“Phil Parkinson has done a great job and the pressure will be on them as well, but we’ve got to do things better than we did against Rochdale.”
In truth it was a poor game as both teams cancelled each other out after James Vaughan had two efforts blocked.
Dale got the opener on the cusp of half-time though, as Camps’ fierce 30-yard free-kick beat a shaky Shakers wall, as well as goalkeeper Joe Murphy.
Hallam Hope’s second-half introduction spurred Bury, but a resolute Rochdale defence ensured they would leave with all three points, an ideal way to prepare for Monday’s clash with Coventry City.
“I demanded a performance. I can’t and I don’t wait – I put my trust in players and give players opportunities, but I’ve got to look after the remainder of this season and next season,” said manager Keith Hill.
“It was a performance full of courage, passion, aggression and a fighting spirit, and I think that gets missed in football.
”It’s not about ability, it’s about how many hearts you have.
“Coventry is one to look forward to, they’re a good side and we’re at home, they’ve got some continuity and won the Checkatrade Trophy too.”