David Flitcroft has spoken of his delight that his team showed great professionalism to get a win in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy against tough opposition.
The Shakers made it through to the second round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Tuesday night after a battling 2-1 victory over Accrington Stanley, and Bury Manager David Flitcroft was delighted with his sides display.
He believes there were a lot of positives to take out of the game, especially the team’s attitude towards the game and the professional performance they put in. However, he conceded that he is still frustrated that the side can’t keep a clean sheet.
The Shakers have not kept a clean sheet in a competitive fixture so far this season, but they are playing well and looking potent in front of goal with 15 goals in 8 games in all competitions. This shows that the side have a solid base to work from.
Flitcroft admitted that it has been a tough month, but he is impressed that the side have started the new month with a win which shows a good mentality throughout the squad.
Speaking after the JPT victory, he said: “I’m delighted with the lads’ attitude to come here in the Johnstone’s Paint and really put a professional performance in. I’m disappointed we haven’t kept a clean sheet, but the positives we can draw out of the game are pleasing.
“Matty Foulds for example was outstanding on his debut, I thought he showed everything and he’s got the lot. We changed the system a little bit today and that suited Matty, because he’s got all the passes and some of his left foot balance play was outstanding.
“Chris Hussey’s attitude was superb and that resonated right throughout the team. I’ve been able to give people minutes that needed them including Jacob Mellis and Craig Jones who both got 90 minutes.
“Most importantly, I’ve been really delighted with the lads that have played all the games so far this season. Their attitude was fantastic tonight, because it’s been a difficult month and they’ve come through it brilliantly.”
David Flitcroft confessed that he knew the game was going to be a hard fought battle before kick-off, as the Shakers were coming up against a John Coleman side in Accrington Stanley that play with an honesty which belies the small budget they have been compiled on.
He said: “We knew it was going to be an aggressive and difficult night, but we’ve handled it really well. It was a really professional showing tonight from a team of players who have really committed to the plan.
“Accrington had a spell for 15 minutes at the end of the game where they went really positive and threw everything at us, which I expected.
“It is a John Coleman team and he sets his team out to be so honest in their performance, and they have done it again. He probably has the lowest budget in the Football League, but he gets so much out of it.”
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