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Flitcroft ahead of the Mansfield Town clash

12 March 2015

David Flitcroft believes the Mansfield Town side they will come up against on Saturday will be different to the ones in previous seasons.

Saturday will see the Shakers come up against a Mansfield Town side that under new manager, Adam Murray, has changed significantly.

For the past few years, especially under the tenure of Paul Cox, the Stags were known as a tough tackling and very direct team. However, Bury manager David Flitcroft feels all that has changed under Murray.

Flitcroft believes his side will be coming up against a passing side on a very large pitch, which will suit his own teams style of play, hopefully making for an entertaining game of football.

Speaking this afternoon ahead of the match, David Flitcroft said: “We played them just as Adam Murray took over, and you could see the difference in styles. Last season they were the most combative and direct team in the league I felt.

“With Murray now taking over and having had time to bring some players in, it’s been an interesting one because he wants to put his philosophy in place there.

“He was a fantastic footballer and he’s been able to implement a more of a passing style. He’s totally come away from what the previous manager did.

“He’s looking to move the ball around the pitch and if I was manager of that club I would too because it’s a really big pitch.

“When you want to play a passing style you can get the ball down and really move it well, and he’s bought some footballers in to help him do that.

“It’s going to be a game that we are looking forward to; we need to get back to keeping clean sheets and building from that.”

Flitcroft has admitted that even though promotion is his main aim this season and one he will work hard to achieve for the club.

He knows that the infrastructure being put in place will help the club going forward, irrespective of whether promotion is achieved.

He explained: “Everyone knows our plan here, but you have to have a plan B. I do dream there’s no doubt about that.

“I know what I want for Bury Football Club, but there’s potentially a bigger picture including the things that we are doing behind the scenes.

“We have got a football club here that we’re in charge of and that is being run as a business. People just look at the first eleven players on the pitch, but that’s not everything.

“It’s about the people behind the scenes who are doing fantastic work. There is an infrastructure being put into place and we’ve got a real plan of how we want the club to go forward.”

Watch the full interview on the Bury FC Network here.

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