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Flitcroft: We controlled and dominated the game

11 February 2015

David Flitcroft felt that his Bury side dominated last night’s game against Stevenage, but couldn’t get that deserved breakthrough.

Bury manager, David Flitcroft, has explained that even though the similarities between yesterday’s 0-0 draw with Stevenage and Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Exeter City are there, they were completely different matches.

He felt that Stevenage didn’t play well, but managed to keep players behind the ball to hold onto a clean-sheet without ever really creating chances for themselves.

Talking after the match Flitcroft said: “We have tried to win a football match today, I don’t think Stevenage have tried to win the match, but they’ve earned a point and we have earned a point.

“The gulf in both performances in terms of what we tried to do tonight and what they tried to do was massive.

“We know what we are doing, I trust in this group and they were difficult to break down at times, but we stuck to our task of trying to open them up. So all in all, I’m pleased with a point tonight. 

“It was different to Saturday; we’ve come away from home in tricky conditions and we probed and tried to move the ball well.

“They had ten outfield players behind the ball, they had a round of applause for a shot in the 78th minute and we had to try and play that down. We’ve not been successful in that, but we’ve certainly had our moments.”

Flitcroft felt that the pitch wasn’t in a great condition, but the team still managed to play the ball down on the floor and look comfortable doing so.

However, he has conceded that he has to perfect his formula to get anything from teams that play like Stevenage.

He said: “The pitch was pathetic, it got chewed up during the warm-up. Obviously it suits Stevenage, but in terms of what we’re trying to do on it, first half we really relaxed and passed it okay on here.

“We completely controlled and dominated a side that like to be up and at you, but they couldn’t do that, they couldn’t even get the ball at times.

“We’ve got to come up with a formula and a way of beating that. I have to be honest and say that I expected them to be more forceful in the game, but they weren’t.”

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