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Report: Bury 0 Blackburn Rovers 3

18 November 2017

The Shakers were unable to return to winning ways as they were beaten 3-0 by a strong Blackburn Rover side in the first league game between the sides since 1980. 

Marcus Antonsson’s first half brace set the visitors on their way to picking up all three points.

The win was secured with the third goal of the game, Bradley Dack following up on his two assists to pitch in with a goal on the 62nd minute.

Ryan Lowe opted to make four changes to his starting line-up in response to Tuesday’s defeat against Woking: Andrew Tutte, Callum Reilly, Chris Humphrey and Harry Bunn replaced Rohan Ince, Jay O’Shea, Michael Smith and Nathan Cameron.

The Shakers had the first chance of the game through Nicky Ajose down the right wing, his clever pull back found Harry Bunn inside the penalty area, but the latter struggled to pull off a shot worthy of testing goalkeeper David Raya, who saved Bunn’s tame shot with ease.

On nine minutes, Neil Danns’ low shot on the right side of the penalty area was well saved down to Raya’s right, and immediately after, Greg Leigh continued to add pressure to the visitor’s goal with a venomous shot from 20 yards out, but the ball fell wide of the right hand post.

However, the away side remained patient and, in response, they found the opening goal of the game through Antonsson. The Rovers striker was played through on goal and confidently finished past Fasan into the back of the net.

Antonsson came close to adding another goal to his tally after a threaded through ball to the striker, but Fasan intervened by rushing out to distract the Swedish man, and as a result forced a corner.

Joe Nuttall was gifted a treat in front of goal from the resulting corner, but he skied his effort over the bar and into the visiting supporters behind the goal, despite being situated only five yards out from goal.

On 37 minutes, the visitors doubled the lead through Antonsson again, this time with a bullet header at the back post. Bradley Dack was afforded enough time to pick out Antonsson umarked at the back post, and the striker duly delivered with his second goal of the game.

Bury had the majority of possession after the break, but created few chances to threaten the side that was relegated from the Championship last season.

Despite the positive start to the second half for Lowe’s side, Dack was involved in another of Rovers’ goals, this time finding the bottom left hand corner of the goal from the edge of the penalty area.

Tony Mowbray’s Blackburn side enjoyed a comfortable end to the game without troubling the Bury goal in the closing stages of the game.

Next up, the Shakers welcome league leaders Shrewsbury Town to the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane this Tuesday.

Attendance: 7,159 (3,606 travelling supporters)

Bury: Fasan, O’Connell, Aldred, Edwards, Leigh, Humphrey (Smith 46), Danns (Maguire 45+1), Reilly, Tutte, Ajose, Bunn (Sang 85)

Unused subs: Williams, O’Shea, Ince, Maloney

Blackburn Rovers: Raya, Nyambe, Mulgrew, Downing, Williams, Bennett, Smallwood, Whittingham (Harper 77), Dack, Antonsson (Samuel 81), Nuttall (Graham 81)

Unused subs: Hart, Leutwiler, Caddis, Wharton

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