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Flitcroft: Delighted with another clean sheet

18 March 2015

Bury manager, David Flitcroft, is delighted with the run of form his team are on, especially the amount of clean sheets they are accumulating.

Last night’s 1-0 win away at York City saw David Flitcroft’s Bury side achieve their fifth clean sheet in six games.

Speaking after the match, Flitcroft spoke of his pride that he team managed to rally around goalkeeper Nick Pope, who spent last season on loan at York to help him achieve yet another clean sheet.

David Flitcroft explained: “I’m delighted with that win, it’s another clean sheet away from home; our away form is immaculate.

“In terms of the performance it had everything; resolve, determination and an insatiable appetite to keep a clean sheet for (Nick) Pope.

“He played fantastically while on loan at York last season, I think he had 16 clean sheets in 24 games and when you hear him getting booed, that is not football for me.

“You have to appreciate quality when you are in and amongst it and can see it. He was outstanding for York City when he was here on loan and he’s been outstanding for us.

“I said to them at half time, that one of the things I wanted tonight was for Nick Pope to come off this pitch with a clean sheet, and we win this football match, and that’s what we’ve done.”

With so many clean sheets being collected over the past few months, Flitcroft feels his side’s professionalism is the main spur for this fantastic record.

He said: “They are professional, they do the professional things all the time and that’s what professionals do. 

“You don’t get the amount of clean sheets that we are getting now through just luck, we are making it happen and the structure of the team is fantastic.”

A tenth yellow card for Nathan Cameron this season saw the central defender, pick up an automatic two match ban that will see him sit out two crucial games against Northampton Town and Southend United.

The gaffer feels that although Nathan will have to improve this side of his game especially when being booked for dissent, he knows he has a number of players that will be able to fill his boots.

He said: “(Nathan) Cameron is a passionate guy, he wears his heart on his sleeve, but I think that’s either one or two dissent bookings now.

“It’s about education, we need to help and support him. We’ve spoke about it internally, but when you are in that moment it is difficult.

“It was dissent and the referee had no other option than to give him a yellow card, but we’ve got some fantastic players waiting to step in.”

Watch the full interview on the Bury FC Network here.

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