Ronnie Jepson on the Port Vale defeat and competition for placesRonnie Jepson reflects on the game against Port Vale in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and Saturday's big derby at Spotland.
'Port Vale keeper Chris Neal was named man of the match and that alone summed up the game as Neal pulled off some really stunning saves throughout the game to deny the Shakers. Those players that came into the team really did themselves justice with an excellent performance. We have a real depth to the squad now with many of the players giving us a lot to think about.
We can see from games like this just which of the players we can use in our future league games. We didn't deserve to lose the game; we deserved penalties at the least after such a good performance. The team were a credit to Bury, they did themselves proud.
After injuries to Trevor Carson and Rob Lainton, Brian Jensen has come in this week and has signed a short term deal. Brian is a very capable goalkeeper who gives a really good presence in between the sticks. He's a great kicker and a great shot stopper – brining him into the club was no brainer.
The amount of players that have come into the club over the past 8 weeks have provided a real competition for the shirts. It's healthy that we now have this level of competition. We don't want players coming into the club and presuming that they've automatically got the shirt.
Going into the derby with Rochdale at the weekend - we will sit down to analysis the Port Vale game and go through one or two things. We will go to Rochdale with the strongest team that we believe will get us something from the game.'
It meant a lot to us to get through to the next round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. We didn't come to Port Vale to roll-over, we came to be competitive - we wanted to have a good go. Our philosophy as a team is to go into every game and play to win.’
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