Tom Pope was disappointed to sit on the bench last night, but he knew he needed to make an impact when he came on.
Recent signing Tom Pope made his debut last weekend against Doncaster Rovers before being subbed in the 55thminute, as Bury Manager David Flitcroft opted for a change in tactics.
He was then dropped to the bench for last night’s game in the Capital One Cup against Wigan Athletic, but Pope admits that he expected it as his debut was below par.
However, he knew that he could redeem himself by making an impact when brought on against the Latics. He believes he did that through winning the penalty that won them the game.
Speaking after the match, Tom Pope said: “I’m not daft, Saturday was well below par. I don’t think we played to my strengths, it was very difficult against a 6ft 6 centre half, but I still wasn’t good enough.
“When you are in a good team, with aspirations of promotion, if you’re not playing well you aren’t going to get in the side.
“Obviously I’m disappointed, but you have lots of setbacks during a season and you can’t expect to play every game, but I knew when I came on I had to make an impact and I think I did that.”
As a new recruit thestriker feels it will take a few competitive games for him and his team-mates to start gelling together, especially because there wasn’t a striker in his style in the squad last season, which means the individual players have to adjust.
He explained: “It’s difficult for the kind of player I am to get settled straight away, because it takes a while for the players to get to know how I play.
“I like pulling off in that diagonal, for the full-backs and centre halves to try and hit me, which is something I did at Port Vale. When they do that I can then get it knocked down to the midfielders and fellow strikers.
“We haven’t done it as much as I’d like, because that is something I base my strengths on. Obviously in the second half Joe Riley was getting the ball in for me and it caused them no end of problems.
“At the start of the season it’s all about learning each other’s strengths and weaknesses, hopefully we can do that and keep winning games.”
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