Two soft penalties bring defeat for the Shakers
Two Zach Clough penalties decided the Greater Manchester derby which condemned the Shakers to five straight defeats.
Clough converted a controversial penalty on the 13th minute after he was brought down by Niall Maher inside the Bury penalty area.
Then, Leon Barnett was the culprit in the second half after pulling Clough down to the ground, and once again the 21 year old slotted in from 12 yards out.
David Flitcroft made three changes to his starting eleven after last Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat against AFC Wimbledon: Leon Barnett and Jacob Mellis returned to the side to replace Hallam Hope and Kelvin Etuhu.
The away side made a bright start through Sammy Ameobi’s darting run into the Bury penalty area before his shot was palmed away by Ben Williams in the Shakers goal and the danger was immediately cleared.
Clough was next up to attack the host’s penalty area and he was deemed to have been brought down by ex-Wanderers defender Maher just 12 minutes in. Clough stepped up to take the penalty and he nonchalantly placed the ball down the middle of the goal for the opening goal.
Making up for his earlier error, Maher cleared Clough’s shot off the line after the Bolton winger dribbled around Williams and his shot was headed down and over by Maher.
Ameobi started the second half in the same manner as the first. His run inside from the right wing opened up space for a left footed shot on target, which Williams was on hand to dive down to his right and deny Ameobi.
On the 56th minute the visitors extended their lead with the second penalty of the game. Barnett brought Clough down inside the penalty area and referee Geoff Eltringham pointed straight to the spot. Clough converted the penalty into the bottom right corner of the goal, sending Williams the wrong way.
17 minutes later and Clough could have sealed his hat-trick with a curling effort on target which was excellently tipped around the post by Williams and out for a corner.
Substitute Jamie Proctor almost made an immediate impact as the Wanderers’ counter attack fell to Proctor inside the penalty area. However, the man who was resigned by Phil Parkinson in the summer after his move from Bradford City somehow missed a golden opportunity to extend the lead even further.
The defeat means the Shakers remain 11th in the League One table as they go into Saturday’s game at Northampton Town.
Attendance: 8,007 (3,141 away fans)
Bury starting line-up: Williams, Leigh, Barnett (Tutte 81), Kay, Maher (Etuhu 71), Soares, Mellis, Danns (Hope 60), Ismail, Mayor, Vaughan
Unused subs: Dudley, Burgess, Rachubka, Miller
Bolton Wanderers starting line-up: Howard, Taylor, Beevers, Wheater, Wilson, Osede, Spearing, Vela, Clough (Henry 77), Ameobi (Taylor 89), Madine (Proctor 76)
Unused subs: Buxton, Anderson, Alnwick, Perry