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Flitcroft to Respect the Point

26 February 2016

The Gaffer has admitted that his side need to ensure they look to play for the minimum of a draw away from home.

David Flitcroft’s Bury side travel to their Greater Manchester rivals Wigan Athletic on Saturday, 27th February 2016 - 3pm kick-off, for their fourth meeting of the Season.

 

The Shakers travel to the DW Stadium having only picked up three points from the last ten away games in the League, a stat Flitcroft has reflected on.

 

He believes that his side’s downfall away from home might be going all out for the win, which can sometimes allow the home team more space to get forward themselves.

 

His solution to this problem is from now on to make sure his tactics ensure that his side first and foremost look to gain at least a point on their travels by being more conservative.

 

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s trip to Wigan, David Flitcroft said: “We’ve got to really find that belief that we are going to not just turn the corner, but consistently win away from home again because we’ve had that when we went on that fantastic run last year.

 

“I think it’s down to a mind-set, it’s down to what we are doing tactically – I’m not sure if we’ve respected the point enough away from home.

 

“We potentially kept going after the win, then we got beat and got beat again, so you’re thinking we’ve got to do something about this and win.

 

“We need to respect the point a bit more because it keeps you unbeaten, so that’s something we’ve got to look at ourselves and I’ve got to look at myself and understand that we have to maybe do that a little bit more.”

 

Flitcroft has also admitted that his side will come up against a very tough Wigan Athletic side who have used their ex-Premier League status to accumulate a budget that has allowed them to recruit what Flitcroft believes to be the best team in Sky Bet League One.

 

However, the Shakers have shown in the last three game against the Latics (two wins and one draw) 

that they can more than match them and he is expecting the same again from his side tomorrow.

 

He explained: “They’ve assessed the season from the start and they recruited really well in the summer with players like Max Power, David Perkins and Will Grigg. Then they assessed it to see where they needed to be – I think they’ve got a feel of what League One’s about and what they need – they then have had a really good blast.

 

“People talk about them having the biggest budget, but it’s not easy sometimes. I’s renowned that people with big budgets get it wrong a lot of the time.

 

“So what Gary (Caldwell) and his staff have done there is really recruit a very good team and they’ve recruited the best players.

 

“They are now the best team in the League – they certainly have the best squad – but it’s eleven versus eleven, we’ve been very competitive against them this season.

 

“Additionally, the fight I have seen from the lads over the last week and what they are prepared to do for each other to go out on the pitch fills me with massive hope.”

 

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