Clark not feel­ing gr-eight with draw

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Jacob El­liott

LEE Clark chal­lenged his play­ers to pull them­selves out of their cur­rent trou­bles af­ter a goal­less draw with Ply­mouth ex­tended Bury’s win­less run to eight games in all com­pe­ti­tions.

Satur­day saw a meet­ing of two strug­glers, with each hav­ing only mus­tered one league vic­tory each this sea­son.

De­spite that, there were still chances to win it for ei­ther team with Bury, miss­ing top scorer Jer­maine Beck­ford, in par­tic­u­lar frus­trated by in-form keeper Luke McCormick.

“Only one team de­served to win – I felt for the play­ers. The last few weeks we haven’t had the luck at ei­ther end,” said Clark, whose side sit third­bot­tom, above Ply­mouth on goal dif­fer­ence.

“I have got to give great credit to the play­ers, they stuck with the task but they could have played with a higher tempo.

“We cre­ated the best chances, there were lots of good things, Greg Leigh was ex­cel­lent and Mi­hai Do­bre ex­cited ev­ery­one too.

“We now have to dust our­selves down. Fans have been let down in terms of re­sults and I fully ac­cept that.”

Josh Lau­rent’s clever pass worked the game’s first open­ing for Bury, but Michael Smith’s au­da­cious ef­fort didn’t trou­ble McCormick.

Yann Songo’ o then pre­vented the hosts from tak­ing the lead mid­way through the first half with a su­perb clear­ance from Harry Bunn’s header across goal.

Lionel Ainsworth had a great chance to put the away side ahead in the 37th minute but lost his foot­ing at the cru­cial mo­ment.

Nathan Cameron al­most gave Bury the lead just be­fore half­time but his close-range shot was straight at McCormick and the Ply­mouth keeper was also in ac­tion af­ter the break to keep out Chris Maguire’s free-kick.

Sub­sti­tute Mi­hai Do­bre then fizzed in a bril­liant low ball but Smith, with the goal gap­ing, only hit the post.

And Do­bre again brought the best out of McCormick who turned his goal-bound ef­fort onto the post.

‘The play­ers put in a lot of ef­fort,” said Ply­mouth man­ager Derek Adams. “I’m de­lighted with them, they’re fan­tas­tic pro­fes­sion­als and an­other very good per­for­mance from us.

“We prob­a­bly should have been three or four up at half-time. Joel Grant, An­toni Sarce­vic, Nadir Ciftci and Lionel Ainsworth should have scored.

“Then at the end we had a cou­ple of good saves from Luke to give us the point but we prob­a­bly should have been ahead.”

STAR MAN LUKE MCCORMICK Ply­mouth

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