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Flitcroft Happy with Strikeforce

23 July 2015

The Shakers’ new look strikeforce got off to a scoring start at Macclesfield Town last night, with Leon Clarke finding the net.

Bury Manager, David Flitcroft has expressed his delight that the partnership with new strikers Tom Pope and Leon Clarke is looking promising.

 

He was happy with Leon Clarke, especially as he got his Bury account up and running with a well taken goal.

 

However, he felt the game wasn’t the best showcase for Tom Pope, but he will prove his worth before the new season.

 

Talking after the Macclesfield Town match last night, he said: “Leon (Clarke) looked sharp and powerful. He looks game ready, but over the next two weeks we’ll fine tune him.

 

“I think it was a wrestle for (Tom) Pope tonight, it was difficult because sometimes the referee lets a lot go in friendlies, and it is a bit unrealistic in terms of that.

 

“However, we’ll get a better picture of him as the games progress.

 

“They were finding each other and finding combinations. That’s something we’ll keep working on in training, but it’s only early days.

 

“They haven’t had the game time yet, but it is up to us now to give them that time to see how things develop.”

 

There were a number of players missing from the game last night, and Flitcroft has confirmed that the squad are nursing a few injuries, but nothing too serious.

 

However, he feels that pre-season is there to make sure as many players are ready for the season, therefore it is not right to risk that.

 

“We played Accrington two and a half weeks ago, and Ryan Lowe got stretchered off. We suspected the worst, but luckily it was just ankle ligament damage and he’s now getting back to close fitness.

 

“The other one is Jacob Mellis who probably did 80% of the sessions out in Tenerife, the last 20% he was unable to make with a bit of tightness in his hamstring.

 

“Again that is something that we have been working on, but we are expecting him only to be out for a week with that.

 

“Andrew Tutte is another player that hasn’t been here tonight due to a bit of calf strain.

 

“We missed those players tonight in terms of Tuttes energy and Mellis’ quality, but they are players that I don’t want to rush.

 

“If we rush them with the type of injuries they have, we could be in a longer term situation and pre-season is about getting as many players as possible ready for August the 8th.”

 

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