We can’t sit back and mope says Clark

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Robert Lewis

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.”

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