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Clean sheet and a point

11 February 2015

Shakers take a point but dominate again

Bury remain unbeaten in February after drawing 0-0 with Stevenage on Tuesday evening at the Lamex Stadium.


The Shakers could have nicked a win late on but Stevenage goalkeeper Chris Day pulled off two good saves from Andrew Tutte and Chris Hussey to ensure both teams shared the points.


David Flitcroft made three changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Exeter with Jimmy McNulty, Kelvin Etuhu and Danny Rose replacing Adam El-Abd, Nicky Adams and Danny Nardiello.


The first half had limited noteworthy chances with it mainly being a midfield battle but Craig Jones did force Chris Day into a save in the 12th minute when he had to palm over Jones' looping cross that would have dipped under the cross bar.


Following on from the Jones chance, Danny Mayor fired narrowly wide after cutting back on his right foot before full back Joe Riley saw his goal bound shot blocked and cleared in the 19th minute.


At the other end, Nick Pope was rarely tested during the game but was forced into his only save of the first half a minute later. Winger Bruno Andrade cut in off the wing and got a shot away that was easily gathered by the Charlton loanee.


The Shakers were enjoying a lot of possession in the first half and were constantly flooding bodies forward in an attempt to grab the opening goal of the game but couldn't find a way past the Stevenage defence, heading into the interval at 0-0.


The second half was a similar story to the first with Bury dominating the majority of possession and the home side rarely testing Nick Pope.


Danny Rose thought he had opened the scoring in the 58th minute on his 40th appearance for the Shakers but saw his effort ruled out by linesman Adrian Sannerude for offside after Tom Soares had played him in.


With seventeen minutes left to play Danny Mayor was brought down by Stevenage captain Ronnie Henry around 25 yards from goal leaving Bury in a good position to test Chris Day from a set piece. Andrew Tutte took on the free kick duties and hit a spectacular effort that looked like it was heading in until Day managed to claw it behind for a corner.


Both sides pushed for a winner late on with Chris Whelpdale and Chris Beardsley wasting shots in open positions for Stevenage before Day pulled off another impressive save to tip Chris Hussey's 90th minute free kick around the post.


Five minutes added time were indicated at the end of the second half but neither team could break the deadlock and Bury took a share of the points back to BL9 ahead of Saturday's away game against 22nd place Cheltenham Town.

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