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Pope: Outstanding Performance

4 March 2015

Nick Pope admits that his performance was helped by the outstanding performance of the players in front of him.

On loan goalkeeper Nick Pope, put in an outstanding performance to give Bury a deserved three points against Luton Town last night.

Speaking after the match, Pope was modest and admitted he felt that the ten out-field players in front of him put in a brilliant performance especially in the first half which kept his work to the minimum.

However, he admits that he can never switch off during spells like that, because you never know when the tide will turn.

Which it did during a second half that saw the ‘keeper pull out a number of spectacular saves to keep his team in the game.

Speaking after the match, Pope said: “It was a great performance from the lads; during the first half I hardly touched the ball for 45 minutes, but for a save during injury time.

“I’m there to make saves when I’m needed. As a goalkeeper you might go long spells without seeing the ball, but when you are needed to touch it you need to be ready.”

Pope thinks that the mentality at the club right now, is the right one for a promotion push as they look for three points out of every match.

He said: “We have to go in to every match with the mind set to win it. Looking at the two fixtures we’ve just had, Luton at home and Plymouth away, people would say take four points.

“But not in our dressing room, no one was saying that we were looking for six and that’s the way we’ll stay for the rest of the season.”

After spending over a week at Bury’s new Carrington training ground, he feels that he and the rest of the squad are still pinching themselves.

He also hopes that having reminders of the great players that have graced the facility will keep spurring the team on to play like the facilities old tenants.

He explained: “It’s the best training facility I’ve ever been too. All the lads are pinching themselves around the place sometimes.

“It’s a great place to be and obviously with some old Manchester City stuff on the walls you see who has been through the building.

“All the players are honoured and privileged to be in that building, we are going to make the most of it.

"And yes, i have parked in Joe Harts old parking spot." 

Watch the full interview on the Bury FC Network here.

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