Peter Sweeney’s verdict on the 0-0 draw with Brentford and looking forward
“That was a 100% penalty for me, but at least a corner. Where he got a goal kick from I don’t know. I told him that he should have been a player because he has got some vision; he told me that he tackled him; it clipped of a heel, clipped off another heel and went out of play. In my eyes, the ref should have been a central midfielder.
Apparently though, the photographs suggest it was a good challenge so there you go.
It was very hot and I think it was very important that we tried to keep the ball when we did have it because running about in that weather is tough and it does take its toll, but you could see that the fitness is there because we did get a few chance towards the end when they were tired, and on another day they go in and we take three points. All in all it’s a good point for us.
Brentford are a big tough side, they are direct and they know what they are doing. Everything is drummed into them and they are well organised. Like most seasons they will be there near the play offs. They pay some big money and some big wages so it’s a good point for us. The first game of the season is always tough so we are definitely happy with a point.
We are still disappointed not to have won it; I think we had more chances than them. Andy Bishop went through and on another day he scores it. Lenny went through and it was a good challenge from the keeper that stopped it. Mark Cullen had a couple of good chances and then the one that I played Bish through and it just wouldn’t come down for him. On another day, we get two or three goals, but we’ll take the point.
Futch getting animated with the referee was good to see, that’s Futch all over. He’s passionate and he does care. He wants us to do well and he wants to do well himself, he’s good to have in the dugout along with Shirty.
Pre-season was tough again and we all got a good full pre-season. We didn’t have any injuries, there were a few niggles but most of us did finish pre-season. We are definitely fitter and the quality will come with the more games you play. The first game of the season is always tough, we will get back into the rhythm of things.
Any player will always say that our main aim is survival in the league, but we are not in this league to just survive, we want to push on and improve on where we finished last year. We think we have a better squad and we want to push on.
The manager leaving like that happens, it’s the first time some of the younger lads have seen it. I’ve seen managers come and go over the years and as much as it was disappointing to see Richie Barker leave – it happens, that’s football. We are paid to pay for Bury Football Club. Shirty has the job at the minute, he’s our manager and the lads are more than happy with him. We know him and we know what he wants, he’s been fantastic so far.
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