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Flitcroft: “Clinical Precision Was Not On Show”

24 February 2016

David Flitcroft has admitted that the Shakers didn’t show enough quality in front of goal to grab the three points.

The Shakers drew 0-0 with Barnsley on Tuesday night in the re-scheduled Sky Bet League One fixture which was postponed due to the floods which hit the area back in December.

Both teams fought hard in a very stop-start game - with referee Carl Boyeson handing out seven yellow cards and one red card - but Bury Manager David Flitcroft has stated that neither side were clinical enough to break the deadlock.

In terms of Bury’s clean sheet Flitcroft believes that it was due to the phenomenal defensive display showed by the Shakers’ back five especially against a side that have only lost two games since the end of November and scored in every game since mid-December.

Speaking after the match, David Flitcroft said: “There wasn’t many clear cut chances, but at times they put us under pressure during the first 10-15 minutes and then we put them under pressure, so it was one of them where in the last third there was hustle and bustle, but no clear cut chances.

“Clinical precision was not on show tonight, whether that was a shot or the last cross, it was like a nearly performance in the last third of the pitch, but to keep a clean sheet against one of the form sides in the League is fantastic.

“(Paul) Heckingbottom and Tommy (Wright) have really kept them going since Lee Johnson left and they kept them motivated - obviously Wembley is a motivation - so they are a good team and we’ve kept them at bay defensively as well as putting real pressure on them without that telling finish.”

After being beaten by the Tykes and Coventry City by big margins at the start of the month, everyone within the club knew it was going to be a hard task to turn the team’s form around.

However, since the 6-0 defeat to Coventry City less than two weeks ago, the Shakers have picked up seven points in three matches at Gigg Lane over eight days which shows the fantastic morale within the group.

David Flitcroft believes that his side could have made it three wins out of three last night if his side had been more clinical in front of goal.

He explained: “It was always going to be a difficult spell, but the lads have really dug in with two clean sheet out of the last three games.

“We’ve worked hard at trying to get back to that, obviously the Coventry game hurt us a lot, but the lads have come out and shown that team spirit, and it was another gritty performance tonight.

“If we’d have had that end bit of quality and that end bit of purpose to our work then we’d have had three points, but I’m delighted with the lads’ effort tonight.”

He has also expressed his delight that vice-captain Tom Soares showed true passion for the badge to want to play through a facial injury and help his team carry on their upturn in form by playing in last night’s game.

He said: “I’ve got Tom Soares who came off on Saturday due to a smashed up cheekbone and he wanted to get out there.

“He called me on Monday and he said that he wanted to play. He has fractured it, so we do need to get that sorted, but that’s Tom Soares, he wants to lead and he wants to be out on the pitch and he really galvanised us tonight.”

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

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