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Gaffer: Defending Was Poor

8 February 2016

The Gaffer has admitted that his sides defending was not good enough on Sunday against Barnsley.

The Shakers were beaten by Barnsley at Oakwell on Sunday in Sky Bet League One, sending the Shakers to one of their lowest placing of the season so far, with them currently sitting 15th in the League.

Bury manager David Flitcroft has conceded that the defensive display his side put on during the Bury’s 3-0 defeat at Barnsley was poor.

He felt that up until the Tykes first goal his side were right in the game and they still didn’t give up with a spirited response after Marley Watkins put Barnsley ahead, but there finishing in the final third let them down.

Speaking after the match David Flitcroft confessed: “The first goal put us on our back foot, I thought it was quite an evenly tested game before the first goal went in, and then we had a spirited response.

“We didn’t get the goal that our play probably deserved at that point, and then the first time they go up the pitch in the second half they score again.

“The goals were the difference in the two boxes, Barnsley defend fantastically well in their box and we weren’t clinical enough in our box, but our defending was poor.

“When you’ve got the quality that Barnsley have up-front in (Sam) Winnall, Marley Watkins, Conor Hourihane, Lloyd Isgrove and obviously Adam Hammill, you’ve got to be at your very best to defend against them and we weren’t. The goals have disappointed me.

“When you are 3-0 down to this team they can tear you apart, because they’ve got very positive key forward players. 

“We didn’t do ourselves justice in our box, I think we had a lot of entries into their box which we never got on the end of.”

The Shakers are currently on a run of form which has seen them pick up 5 points in the last 5 League games, which is disappointing for a side that raised expectation with a fantastic start to the season.

When asked if he could turn the Shakers’ form around he said: “Absolutely, there’s no doubt about that.”

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