Kevin Blackwell on the events of the last week and a message of thanks to Bury fans
“We’ve watched the video from Tuesday and I still think we were the better team, I spoke to Paul Sturrock after the game and he observed it that here was a difference in class between the two sides, but we didn’t make that count. We had 12 shots to their four and we didn’t capitalise on it. I’ve said it before but if you don’t take the opportunities, you will get punished. Then having gone in front, I was bitterly disappointed to see us conceded within three or four minutes.
That’s something that we have worked on since the day I came here. How to deal with going a goal in front. We didn’t concentrate. Everyone saw the conditions and not many people would have started the game, never mind finish it, but you have to credit both sets of players. It was a decent game played in atrocious conditions
As a manager you can recognise the problems and see the problems. Your hope is that you can rectify it, unfortunately at the moment we can’t because there is no window open, plus this embargo is preventing us. It’s frustrating because we have had so many people injured. We had to throw Andy Bishop in and he did a fantastic job in the last two games and the support I’ve had form everyone has been fantastic. We’ve just got to keep going and keep working hard.
The ones that are injured have got around 1,000 games between them – the ones that are not playing have got about ten games between them – that’s the problem. You go from the sublime to the ridiculous. I always knew it was going to be tough and nothing has changed my mind on that.
We went to Southend, who are the form side of that division, and we looked the better team all over, we were comfortable even in atrocious conditions. To lose the game on penalties was a pure lottery.
I can’t control everything on the pitch, there is only so much that you can do as the manager. I’m disappointed to lose any game. My job is to win games, but we are a very difficult team to beat these days and the amount of chances we are creating is good, we just need to finish teams off better.
We have young players available like Troy Hewitt and Tom Hopper. We are asking a lot of them, they are young players. All of a sudden they find themselves playing week in week out, we are putting a lot of weight on young shoulders. You ask where they will be in two or three years’ time! If we burn them out, they will be nowhere. You hope to give these kids the chance to earn a career but equally I am aware that both are physically and mentally developing. It’s a very fine line.
Lenell John-Lewis has been out injured for seven of the nine weeks I have been here. It’s just the situation we find ourselves in, and we’ve seen it – if it can go wrong, it will go wrong, but I am really pleased with the way they have performed, we are a very well organised side now and we are always in games. We are creating chances in games now and we’ve rectified one problem, now we just have to be more clinical in front of goal. If we were more clinical, we would have won more games. We are a fifteen goal a season striker short of being in the play offs. We need somebody who can score on a regular basis to put this team into the top ten.
You can sum up how it is going for us with Andy Bishop’s injury. It’s a rare injury and it’s happened again. We had a ten hour trip to Southend because of the accident on the M6 and to top it all off somebody had driven into the back of my car on the way into the club. It just about sums it up. Sometimes life is like that. That light down the tunnel is another train!!!!
I have to thank our fans, since the news of this embargo has broken, our fans have been unbelievable. They have responded to everything that we have done with the season tickets, lottery tickets and the share offer. Everything the club has put on they have bought into it and I can’t thank them enough. Hopefully we can repay them on the pitch and we can keep this club in this division. Because of the fans actions this week, they have given us a far better chance to do that, it’s been brilliant so thank you all.”
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