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Flitcroft: Focused on Oldham

22 January 2016

David Flitcroft believes that his Shakers side have got back to work and are focused on the game against Oldham in the aftermath of an Emirates FA Cup triumph over Bradford City.

Bury manager David Flitcroft was full of praise for his Shakers team who brilliantly knocked Bradford out of the F.A cup with only 10 men over 120 minutes but Flitcroft admits it’s back to work as usual as the local derby against Oldham looms closer.


Park and that the physios and the rest of the backroom staff are working hard behind the scenes to make this happen.SportsDirect.comHe was keen to praise his Bury side for the character and endeavour they showed at Valley Parade but said that the squad are getting back to the best fitness they can be at for the local derby at the


Speaking to Shakers PlayerHD David Flitcroft said “You make sure you get back to work and express to the players what they actually achieved, you let them know what it meant to the supporters that travelled to the game and you let them know what it meant to the football club to beat a good Bradford team on their own turf.


“Nobody expected us to win especially after Nathan (Cameron) was sent off as it made the job 30%/40% harder so we also reminded the players of that and you let them know what they achieved and how they achieved it with fantastic togetherness and a great fight.


“From a physical point of view we’ve studied the data and had a look at it and it’s down to us and the medical team now to make sure we can get the lads back to where they need to be in training. The physical effort of the players was fantastic on Tuesday night, the way they ran for each other was incredible but it does mean we’ve got a tough game on Saturday to prepare for physically and emotionally and that’s what we’re working around the clock to do.”


Alongside giving the whole team credit the Gaffer was also singing the praise of Ian Lawlor and Reece Brown after two fantastic performances in the match on Tuesday, with some Shakers fans brandishing keeper Lawlor a hero after his heroics.


“Ian Lawlor does fit what we’re after, it’s probably the first time in his career that he’s had fans singing his name and seeing him as a hero and that must make him feel ten feet tall.


“His overall performance impressed me: The 2 penalty saves were fantastic, his all round game and the way he managed the game was fantastic, the way he sped us up when he needed to and his kicking were excellent - he was fantastic.

“I’ve asked Reece (Brown) to step up and even though I like him as a sit in midfielder who is competitive and he’s gone into centre half and he’s done brilliantly so he’s part of the remit at the football club which is to develop players and it’s took me 6 months to challenge him.


“I’ve treated him with some tough love but what I love about Reece is he loves raw honesty and he can cope with that. His endurance to get through the 120 minutes was probably the most pleasing aspect of the night. “

Written by The Football College at Gigg Lane student Andrew Gate.


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