Shakers drop to fifth following Southend defeat
Bury moved down to 5th in SkyBet League Two after losing 1-0 at home to Southend United on Tuesday evening.
Former Shaker David Worrall scored the only goal of the game in the 74th minute to secure the three points for the away side, who leapfrog the Shakers into 4th place in the league.
David Flitcroft made two changes to the side that beat Portsmouth at the weekend with Ryan Lowe and Danny Nardiello replacing Craig Jones and Tom Eaves, which also brought about a change in formation to a flat 4-4-2.
The home side started on the front foot and created an opening inside the opening ten minutes. Chris Hussey played the ball inside to Andrew Tutte and he managed to get a shot away from the edge of the area, only to see it go just wide of Dan Bentley’s post.
Bury continued the attacking pressure and they came close to an opener in the 18th minute through Nathan Cameron. Hussey swung a corner towards the back post and the Shakers captain beat his man in the air but saw his header flash wide of the left-hand post.
The former Burton Albion full back was one of Bury’s biggest attacking threats in the first half and he created another opportunity fourteen minutes later. Kelvin Etuhu won the ball in his own half and working the ball out to Hussey on the left hand side. The full back had plenty of space to run into before pulling back for Danny Mayor, whose shot from 18 yards was deflected out for a corner.
As the first half ticked towards the interval, Bury were once again on the front foot as they searched for the opening goal of the game. Tom Soares headed narrowly wide from Hussey’s cross before Dan Bentley was alert to tip over Ryan Lowe’s curling shot from a quickly taken corner to ensure the two sides headed into the half time break at 0-0.
Bury came out after the break in a similar attacking fashion and forced Dan Bentley into an early save as he got down low to deny Danny Nardiello’s shot on the angle.
Southend made a double change just before the hour mark as Jack Payne and former Shaker David Worrall came on to replace Stephen McLaughlin and Jake Cassidy.
However, it was one of Phil Brown’s starting eleven who produced their first shot on target in the 62nd minute as Gary Deegan tried his luck from the edge of the area, but his effort was straight down the throat of Nick Pope.
The two Southend substitutes looked lively in the early stages after coming on and played a big part in the only goal of the game in the 74th minute. Jack Payne was brought down just outside the area by Kelvin Etuhu and David Worrall stepped up to take on the free kick duties. The former Shakers midfielder then placed an exquisite free kick into the top corner to give Nick Pope no chance of saving it and Southend the lead with sixteen minutes to play.
David Flitcroft brought on Tom Eaves for the final ten minutes of the game, replacing Joe Riley, and the Bolton loanee was involved in the action almost immediately. He held the ball up well before playing in fellow substitute Danny Rose and it looked like the former Barnsley man would get a shot away at goal until Ryan Leonard produced a last ditch tackle to clear the danger.
Five minutes of added time were indicated at the end of the second half and Nathan Cameron was pushed further forward to act as a fourth striker with Bury searching for an equaliser. The Shakers captain rose highest from Craig Jones’ looping cross in the third minute of added time but saw his header drift wide of Bentley’s goal.
The home side threw bodies forward in the final few minutes of the game and had one final opportunity before referee Tony Harrington brought the game to a close. Southend’s Cian Bolger smashed a clearance against another Southend player and the ball fell kindly to Ryan Lowe just inside the area. He managed to get the ball out of his feet to get a shot away that was palmed away by Bentley before Southend managed to clear the danger as Danny Rose looked to pounce on the rebound.
The full time whistle sounded shortly after to bring an end to Bury’s mini-winning streak and leave the Shakers two points adrift of the automatic promotion places ahead of Saturday’s final home game of the season against AFC Wimbledon.