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Match Report: Bury 1 - 0 Sheffield United

17 February 2016

Resilient display from the Shakers bagged them a much deserved three points.

David Flitcroft started the evening by making 4 changes to his Bury team with Chris Hussey, Reece Brown, John O’Sullivan dropping to the bench in replacement of Craig Jones, Ryan Lowe and Peter Clarke whilst Kelvin Etuhu missed the tie all together through injury.


The first half ended with the Shakers 1-0 up through a superb strike from Craig Jones hitting the net with his weaker left foot and the game stayed that way for the rest of the half with Bury creating the better chances and doing well to keep The Blades attack out.


The second half saw United have a lot of possession but the shape of Bury and performance from the team denied the visitors from having any clear cut chances. Bury threatened on the counter attack and had spells in front of goal but some fantastic saves from Sheffield United keeper George Long kept the Shakers out and after a strong resolute performance Bury were rewarded with a fantastic 3 points.


The first half started with Bury threatening 20 seconds in. The Shakers had their first chance of the game when Leon Clarke did well to head the ball down and good link up play with Ryan Lowe led to the ball falling to Andrew Tutte whose shot was saved well by George Long.


The next real chance of the game fell to Bury after 18 minutes. A long ball across the pitch looked to be going out for a goal kick but Craig Jones did brilliantly to keep the ball in play and struck a looping shot at goal but it was held by Long.


5 minutes later Sheffield United were gifted a free kick on the edge of the box it gave the chance for Jose Baxter to whip in a ball but some good defending from Nathan Cameron put young midfielder Louis Reed off and the ball was headed over Ian Lawlors crossbar.


26 minutes gone and the deadlock was broken through a fantastic individual effort from Craig Jones. He picked up the ball on the edge of the box and jinked in and out of the Sheffield United defence and hit a firebolt of a shot into the top left corner of George Longs goal with his weaker left foot to make it 1-0.


A minute before half time Sheffield United’s Baxter again had another chance. Che Adams showed some good footwork towards the left side of the box and did well to send in a cross towards Baxter whose volley never troubled Lawlor and was sent well wide of the mark.


The half time whistle went with the score Bury 1 Sheffield United 0.


With the second half underway the first chance of the half fell to Sheffield United. United played some nice passing football and eventually the ball fell to Billy Sharp (recently subbed on at half time) who drilled the ball past Lawlor but Joe Riley fantastically got back onto the line to make a last ditch clearance.


Che Adams then was next to test the Bury goal after a throw in from McEveley found him, some quick feet opened up the angle and he hit a powerful shot just over the crossbar


Seconds after that Bury had their first chance of the half Danny Mayor picked the ball up from his own half and ran almost the whole length of the pitch to play in Craig Jones who then cleverly picked out Mayor again on the edge of the area who forced George Long to make a terrific save from his curling shot which was going straight into the top corner.


Again Long was called into action as a terrific corner was sent in by Andrew Tutte and Nathan Cameron rose highest to head the ball towards goal but Long scrambled across his goal line to palm the ball away and out for a corner.


Five minutes from time after some good pressure from both sides some good link up play between Leon Clarke, Tutte and Jones forced the United defence to clear their ranks after a great ball was played in from Jones towards goal but again cleared behind for a Bury corner.


On the 88th minute Sheffield United had their best chance of the game as the ball was driven into the box and in a goal line scramble Peter Clarke managed to get a block on the ball which then pinged back off Matt Done to go out for a Bury goal kick, Some great defending from the centre half.


Stuart Atwell finally blew the final whistle after three minutes of added time which gave David Flitcrofts men a vital and well deserved 3 points. This meant Bury completed the double over the Blades with a 1-0 win with a worthy strike from Craig Jones settling the game in the 26th minute.

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