The Shakers beat local rivals Rochdale to progress through to the third round of the Emirates FA Cup in front of a worldwide TV audience.
minute was enough to put Bury into the hat for the third thA Danny Rose goal on the 8Round of the FA Cup against a Rochdale side that never really got going.
David Flitcroft was forced to make one change to the starting line-up with Joe Riley failing to recover in time from an injury he picked up last Saturday in the Shaker’s Sky Bet League One game against Millwall, with Danny Rose taking his place which meant Craig Jones moved into a full-back role.
A positive was the return of Rob Lainton to the bench after a stretch away from the team due to injury, however Flitcroft still opted to start with Stoke City loanee Daniel Bachmann opting to slowly introduce Lainton back into the squad. Last season’s Bury captain Jim McNulty was again in Dales starting line-up for the second time since he was released in the summer.
The game got underway under the eyes of millions of viewers across the world on TV, and with a large number of Bury fans there to spur their team on.
The team obviously could feel the atmosphere coming from the away section as the Shakers started with high tempo from the off, putting Rochdale under pressure almost instantly.
The Shakers had an early chance when Chris Hussey whipped a cross into the box from the left, however with only Leon Clarke in the box who was muscled away from the balls path, it whizzed past everyone and out.
8mins - GOAL – Chris Hussey soon provided the opener though, with Danny Rose converting a Hussey corner from the right into the top left corner of the net with a glancing header. 0-1.
Rochdale were not going to lie down though and started pushing up the field looking for an equaliser, and they went very close when James Hooper broke through on goal, but Daniel Bachmann made a great save to deny what looked like a certain goal for Dale.
However, the Shakers buoyed by the opener carried on pressing Dale and soon had another chance to score when Danny Mayor put in a great cross from the left which was destined for Leon Clarke until Joel Castro Pereira jumped into his way to deny the threat.
Donal McDermott had a great chance for Rochdale when he cut inside and broke through the Bury defence, however being shown on his wrong foot he put his shot miles wide of the goal.
David Flitcroft made his first change of the game with Danny Mayor making way for Danny Pugh, as the playmaker looked to be struggling with his ankle.
Rochdale had another chance when the Shakers gave big centre forward Calvin Andrew too much time on the ball as he cut inside into the box, however a late tackle by Tom Soares as Andrews was taking a shot made sure the ball went miles wide.
Peter Clarke got the ball in the back of the net for Bury from a Chris Hussey corner in the 35th minute, however with some pushing in the box Dale were given a free-kick and the goal was ruled out.
Dale started pushing and had several good chances in the last 5 minutes of the first half, with Bury’s Austrian keeper Daniel Bachmann and his defensive unit doing brilliantly to deny them.
The closest they went was on the 41st minute with two shots by Ian Henderson at point blank range in a matter of seconds of each other; the first was saved by Bachmann with the second flying over the bar.
Three minutes of added time were given, but they weren’t enough for Dale to make sure the teams went in on an equal footing, with the Shakers boasting a 1-0 lead.
HALF-TIME: Rochdale 0 – 1 Bury
After a rainy start to the day, the sun came out and shone on Spotland for the second half. With the sun shining on them, both teams came out with the same idea of getting an early goal which made the game very high tempo.
However, this soon died down with both teams cancelling each other out, forcing both managers to change tact; the Shakers seemed to do this better having more possession. This forced Dale manager Keith Hill into a double change on the 57th minute with Andy Cannon and Peter Vincenti coming on for John O’Sullivan and Donal McDermott.
Danny Rose had the first real chance of the half on 63rd minute with a 20 yard shot which forced Joel Castro Pereira to palm the ball down, Leon Clarke was in the box to pounce on the loose ball, but Pereira managed to put his body in the way to deny Bury their second.
David Flitcroft soon made his second change of the match on the 64th minute with Joe Dodoo making way for Chris Eagles, looking for the experienced winger to make an impact.
James Hooper had a chance on the 68th minute for Dale after a good defence cutting pass by Ian Henderson, however Peter Clarke and Daniel Bachmann were on hand to deny Dale an equaliser.
Keith Hill made his final change of the match on the 70th minute with Michael Rose coming on for Rhys Bennett.
Both teams carried on pushing but to no avail, with David Flitcroft soon making his last change of the game with Reece Brown coming on for Danny Rose on the 74th minute.
Dale soon looked like the stronger team, throwing everything at the Bury defence to get an equaliser and keep their FA Cup dreams alive, however the Shakers were having none of it and showed real grit to keep the ball out of their net.
The Shakers got the ball in the net for the third time of the game, with Leon Clarke getting the ball past Joel Castro Pereira after a good counter attack by Bury, however Bury’s top scorer was deemed offside, so the score was still 1-0 to the Shakers.
Four minutes of added time were given, making for a nervy end of the game for the Shakers, however Dale couldn’t threaten the Shakers’ goal with Bury looking defensively strong.
The whistle soon blew making sure the Shakers would be in the draw for the Third Round of the FA Cup, which will take place tomorrow evening at 7pm.
FULL-TIME: Rochdale 0 – 1 Bury
Next-up for the Shakers sees the visit of Chesterfield to Gigg Lane on Saturday 12th December in Sky Bet League One, 3pm kick-off.
Starting XI: Daniel Bachmann, Chris Hussey, Peter Clarke, Kelvin Etuhu, Leon Clarke, Danny Mayor, Craig Jones, Tom Soares, Nathan Cameron, Danny Rose, Joe Dodoo
Subs: Rob Lainton, Tom Pope, Danny Nardiello, Scott Burgess, Danny Pugh, Chris Eagles, Reece Brown
Booked: Craig Jones (24mins), Danny Rose (39mins),