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Flitcroft Happy with League Start

11 September 2015

Manager David Flitcroft has spoken of his happiness at the sides start to their first season back in Sky Bet League One and believes that they can only improve on it.

Bury Manager David Flitcroft feels his side have had a good start, but he wants their concentration levels to improve so they can get back to the levels they were at during their promotion run last season.


He however knows that they are starting to get there and the two weeks they now have without Tuesday matches will help them iron out the mistakes they have been making during a ‘hectic’ August.


Flitcroft believes that doing this will help them more than match the step up in quality that is plain to see between Sky Bet League Two and Sky Bet League One.


Talking to Shakers PlayerHD ahead of the Sheffield United clash he said: “There’s a difference in quality between League Two and League One, there is a definite step up. You just have to look at Walsall with quality players like Sawyers, Bradshaw and Chambers, they are a different level to League Two.


“It’s great seeing that level of football that they are playing at. I think you have to be super focused, your concentration levels have to be at a maximum, if you lose it for a quarter of a second then that can change the game.


“I’ve been happy with the application of the lads. I think there have been a few uncharacteristic mistakes that I haven’t been able to understand, because we were so successful last season with maximum concentration and focus levels.


“That’s something that has been unusual this season, but you have to learn from them mistakes, and from those games we definitely should have won.


“We should have more points on the board, but it’s been an okay start. It’s certainly been a learning start and we have learnt a lot from the first hectic month.”


Having had a full week with the lads now to work out these mistakes from their game, without a Tuesday night game, the Shakers will now come up against in-form Sheffield United.


David Flitcroft has said that playing against massive teams like Sheffield United is a big reason why League One has got a bigger reputation over recent seasons. However, he knows that being said the team can’t be overawed.


He explained: “They are a club with tradition and a massive fan base. They aren’t a League One Club, they might be a League One football team at the minute because that’s where they are operating, but they are a Club with top tradition.


“We have got to go there and respect that, but not be in awe of that and that’s something that I teach the players here – to not have any fear of the job at hand.


“With that in mind the application levels will be as high as any other game, even when we went to Accrington I said that we were going there to represent, and in that vein we are also going to Bramall Lane to represent.


“From a coaching point of view, we are pitting our wits against a fantastic Manager in Nigel Adkins, and his team of coaches that built a brilliant blueprint at Southampton.”

Watch the full interview on Shakers PlayerHD below: -

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