Total domination from the Shakers as Argyle are put to the sword
Danny Nardiello scored two goals in a dominating performance by Bury against Plymouth Argyle at a sunny JD Stadium on Good Friday.
A double from Nardiello and goals from Andrew Tutte and Danny Rose ensured all three points for the Shakers as they won 4-0 at home for the first time since 2008.
David Flitcroft named an unchanged starting eleven from the game against Scunthorpe but there was two changes on the bench with Tommy Miller and Nathan Cameron coming in for James Burke and Richard Hinds.
Plymouth wasted a good chance to open the scoring in the 6th minute when Lewis Alessandra fired wide from just inside the area. Craig Jones looked to be fouled by Conor Hourihane but play was allowed to continue and Alessandra sent into the area. He tried to send Brian Jensen the wrong one but dragged his shot horribly wide of the goal.
Bury took full advantage of the miss and took the lead two minutes later as Andrew Tutte scored his first goal of the season. Hallam Hope chipped the ball over two defenders and Tutte fired into the bottom corner on the half volley.
GOAL: Bury 1-0 Plymouth (Andrew Tutte 8’)
The Pilgrims wasted another good chance to score twelve minutes after the opening goal of the afternoon and this time the culprit was Andrew Gurrieri. Reuben Reid got a shot away from the edge of the area which was palmed out into the path of Gurrieri who fired over from six yards out.
Reid then found space in the area in between two defenders but he couldn’t direct his header on target after Lewis Alessandra picked him out with a deep cross from the right hand side of the pitch.
Heading into half time David Flitcroft would have been the happier of the two managers with Bury dominating most of the possession and opening up Plymouth constantly.
The second half started much like the first with Bury scoring early on through Danny Nardiello. Hallum Hope beat Plymouth goalkeeper Jake Cole to the ball and it looked like Nardiello was about to tap the ball into an empty net before being taken out from behind. Referee Eddie Ilderton consulted with his
linesman before awarding a penalty but, bizarrely, not giving any cards out despite it being a goalscoring opportunity.
Nardielllo brushed himself down and took the penalty himself which saw him smash the ball down the middle of the goal for his first goal since the 11th March against Fleetwood Town at the JD Stadium.
GOAL: Bury 2-0 Plymouth (Danny Nardiello pen 49’)
Like his goalscoring exploits in the game against Fleetwood, Nardiello finished with two goals as he headed into Chris Hussey’s cross four minutes after his first goal. Hussey whipped in a superb cross that picked out the unmarked former Rotherham striker for his second of the afternoon.
GOAL: Bury 3-0 Plymouth (Danny Nardiello 53’)
Nardiello’s impressive work rate to chase Curtis Nelson across the pitch and force him into a rash clearance nearly resulted in a fourth Shakers goal in the 60th minute but Danny Mayor’s shot clipped the top of the bar and out for a goal kick.
Danny Rose and Tommy Miller were brought on to replace Hallam Hope and Chris Sedgwick and it was the first substitute who had Bury’s next chance.
Danny Nardiello played a through ball for the Barnsley loanee to run onto but his left footed shot was well saved down low by Jake Cole. Less than 60 seconds later Rose found himself on the end of another Nardiello pass and he came close again as his sliding effort shaved the top of the post.
With thirteen minutes to go Jim McNulty flung himself in front of a Reuben Reid effort to prevent him from getting a shot away after he was picked out by Plymouth captain Conor Hourihane. The last ditch tackle took all the pace out of the shot and allowed Jensen to claim it easily.
The combination of Danny Rose and Clive Platt, on for Danny Nardiello, proved to be fruitful against Scunthorpe last week and they linked up again to create a chance for Rose with eight minutes left. Rose played a one-two with Clive Platt and got a shot away which was deflected for a corner and then cleared.
However Rose got his goal in the 87th minute and was almost identical to his goal at Scunthorpe. Platt held the ball up in the area and laid it off to Rose to slot into the bottom corner for his second in as many games.
The result sees Bury move up to 10th in the league and seven points off the play-offs with nine points to play for.
Bury: Jensen, Hussey, McNulty, Mills, Jones, Mayor, Sedgwick (Miller 66), Tutte, Soares, Nardiello (Platt 79), Hope (Rose 56)