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Flitcroft Questions Squad Size

30 October 2015

Bury Manager David Flitcroft believes he may have got the balance of his squad wrong, with the amount of injuries the team have picked up over recent weeks.

The Gaffer has stated that the amount of players that are currently out of action due to injuries, has caused him to question how he went about constructing his squad in the summer.


David Flitcroft chose quality over quantity when recruiting bringing in a number of players that were highly sought after by League One clubs, due to their pedigree in the League.


This quality within the squad has helped the Shakers start their first season back in Sky Bet League One brilliantly, having only lost 3 games in the League so far this campaign and they are currently sitting seventh in the League.


However, with a high number of injuries within the camp this recruiting strategy has led to Flitcroft being low on numbers to choose from for his match day squad.


Speaking to Shakers PlayerHD ahead of the match, David Flitcroft said: “I’m not too sure on the design of the squad now in terms of numbers, I went for real high quality but low numbers.


“I don’t believe in luck, but the amount of injuries we’ve had in matches shows there has to be an element of that, because we’ve had Andrew Tutte, Nathan Cameron and Keil O’Brien who have all picked up high impact injuries in games.


“In terms of injuries that are picked up in training, we can analyse it and determine whether there are any trends, but at a high velocity and intensity is how I want to play.


“When you get injuries, sometimes you can’t do anything about it, but when you have a number of muscular injuries you have to really look deep at what you are doing.


“I’m okay with it and understand it, but it really does put a stress and strain on our recruitment side of things and looking at the next challenge, which is finding people to come into the building 1) who are as fit and up to it as this squad are and 2) that comply with what I want from a football player and a football person.”


The Shakers take on Blackpool at Gigg Lane in Sky Bet League One tomorrow afternoon, 3pm kick-off.

Watch the full interview with David Flitcroft on Shakers PlayerHD below: - 

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