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If you can’t win, don’t lose

2 December 2012

Joe Skarz on the Southend game and eventual replay.

“I’ve got mixed emotions after that, we are in the hat for the third round, plus a bit of relief because Southend could have won that in the last few minutes, but I thought we had enough chances to win it in the second half.  We had a few goal mouth scrambles and a few ricochets’ that never went our way.  Our final ball wasn’t as good as it has been in recent weeks, but they could have nicked it at the end when they hit the bar and hit the post.  On reflection a draw is probably a fair result, they came and played quite well but I don’t think we were anywhere near to what we can be.


They were never going to lie down and let us play, the third round is at stake.  They are a big strong organised team and they rely on set pieces.  They also rely on Ryan Cresswell for those set pieces and they are a good team that is doing well in their league.  Like us they have had a good run of form recently.  We are in the hat, we are not out of the cup but we do know that we can play better than that.

Obviously it’s a long trip for us, but we will go down prepared.  We will go there knowing who we can play in the third round, if it’s a big team then that could add a bit more spice to the game.  We haven’t lost, we’ve kept the run going.  We know we can be good on our day away from home.  We will go there full of confidence but hopefully will play a lot better than we did on Saturday.

We knew that we could get at them in the wider areas and to try and overload them, we tried to compact their play and they do it quite well.  We had a bit more joy in the second half but the final ball from everyone just wasn’t good enough.  Their keeper made a really good save in the second half, we were not fully at it.  Sometimes you get that and sometimes you just have to say if you can’t win, don’t lose.

The ref could have given the penalty for both challenges, they were both nailed on penalties, and Matt Doherty tucked it away really nicely.  Their goal was a gift, we are really disappointed with it.  Every goal is avoidable but that one was just too easy, we still had the second half to play out and we still had chances to win the game, it’s not over yet and we have to go down there now.

It’s good to be made captain whilst Schuey is out.  I’ve been here two and a half years now and I am really enjoying playing for the club and the manager.  He asked me to take the armband whilst Schuey was out, obviously I was delighted with it though the lads do take the mickey a bit, mostly from David Worrall and Peter Sweeney, but I am delighted to take it and as long as I can do it then so be it.

It wasn’t one of our better games, nobody had a good game but we will keep going and we will keep working hard.  The gaffer has given me a little bit more responsibility but we all rally round each other anyway to be honest.  When Schuey is captain, he is a bit more experienced in it and is a lot more vocal than me.  He knows how to do it, he’s been skip since I came here and all the lads respect him.  We are all in this together and we will keep going.

It’s a feather in the cap, I’m only 23 but sometimes I feel a lot older. I’m an experienced 23 year old now having played quite a few games but I just have to keep going now to play well for Bury.

Now it’s Preston on Tuesday.  They had a good win on Saturday against Gillingham.  It will be a tough game and they will come here as the big club they are.  This will be a competition that they think they can win, as we do.  The winner is in the semi-final and then it’s only a few games from Wembley.  We played them earlier in the season when we were on our bad run.  We know what they are about, they have some talented players but we will prepare as we normally do.  The gaffer is taking this competition very seriously and we will out to win the game.”

Watch the full video interview with Joe Skarz on Shakers Player


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