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Flitcroft: We Came Out Stronger

28 January 2015

Flitcroft believes his team are stronger after getting through a bad spell of form at the end of last year.

After last night’s battling 1-0 win against local rivals Accrington Stanley, Bury manager David Flitcroft stated that he believed that the bad spell before Christmas made the team stronger.

The Shakers had a run of form which saw the team achieve only one draw from seven matches, but in the past seven games the team are now averaging 2 points a game.

Flitcroft believes that the poor run has made the team stronger and more focused on their goals.

Speaking after the match, he said: “It was a learning spell, it was a spell that as a manager I came out of understanding more about myself and it was something I will learn from.

“I think the run helped the club, it might have watered down some of the expectation that may be out there, but there is always going to be unrealistic feelings at a football club. 

“We are all dreamers, everyone who supports football is a dreamer, we wake up every morning dreaming that our team is going to do special things.

“However, the lads never stopped believing in what we are trying to do here and where we are looking to go, and I can see that in every game we have played. 

“We are on course now, we know where we want to be and I’m proud of that group of players tonight.”

Flitcroft thought the performance last night was brilliant, especially for the team to achieve a clean sheet against a side that never gives up.

He said: “It was a fantastic result, the clean sheet has pleased me the most tonight, we have talked about it all season; well score goals, but I have wanted more clean sheets and Nick Popes two saves were fantastic today.

“It was a great result to get, to come here and not play with any particular fluidity, but to score from a set piece and not concede has delighted me.

“I think we really took the game to them first half like I wanted to, we had loads of chances.

“However, we gave them something to hold onto and a John Coleman team never gives up, they never die.

“I thought for the first 20 minutes of the second half they were the better team and created better chances, but we stood firm and it’s a fantastic defiant performance.”

The Shakers have now scored 9 goals from set pieces this season which equates to around 23% of goals the team has scored according to Flitcroft. 

The Gaffer is happy with this fact, especially with the amount of effort they have put into this area in training.

He said: “We looked threatening from corners, it’s coming off the training ground. Nathan Cameron rose brilliantly in the first half, but he needed to come away with a win, and it’s a fantastic header.

“Every goal means something to the lads, we want to win every game and we have come here and shown fantastic character, but you have got to do that in this league.”

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