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Flitcroft: We had to quell their expectations

16 February 2015

Flitcroft feels that Bury did well to beat Cheltenham Town 2-1 after they had a change of manager the day before.

Bury manager, David Flitcroft, believes that the team did well to get over the hurdle that a team with a new manager brings.

He felt that the crowd and the team were in good spirits after the news of Paul Buckle leaving the club on Friday morning, which made their task harder against a team that are at the bottom end of the table.

However, the Shakers defended well and had a good start to the game, which saw them score two goals in the first 18 minutes.

Speaking after the match, David Flitcroft said: “We expected them to make us work hard, when the news broke that the new manager has been put in place you are always going to get a rise.

“It raised expectation levels and the crowd, it was almost like a celebration of the manager going in the stadium and we had to quell that.

“We did do that for the first twenty minutes, we were outstanding. We scored the two goals and then took our foot off the gas then the goal they scored gave them hope.

“Anyone you give hope to are dangerous. They didn’t threaten our goal a lot, but there were moments when they could have penetrated us, but didn’t.

“I’m delighted that we stuck to the task and kept a clean sheet in the second half, which was the remit at half time.

“We already had the three points in the bag at that point and the second half clean sheet got us that, so I’m delighted with how we defended in our box at times and more importantly the three points so we roll into next week.”

Flitcroft felt his team were magnificent in the first 18 minutes and then seemed to stop that momentum. With this in mind he feels his team need to be more ruthless when looking to get a win.

He said: “We were destructive for the first eighteen minutes and then we just took our foot off the gas and it’s a great lesson for us to understand that we were hurting them at every penetrative point but then we stopped doing that.

“We then gave the impetus to them, I don’t believe we got better, which just gave the impetus to them, but it really stirred the crowd and the team and gave them a lift.

“We’ve got to be ruthless in our pursuit for three points and we have done over the ninety minutes.”

Watch the full interview on the Bury FC Network here.

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