The Euphoria and excitement from Tuesday night was killed off following a 2-0 defeat by MK Dons at a rain-lashed Gigg Lane. With MK Dons taking their chances, it was left to manager Lee Clark who admitted that the afternoon was lost with problems in both boxes and a first defeat in four games.
Stats will show the Shakers had the majority of possession, more chances on goal and more control of the ball, but the only statistics that matter's after 90 minutes is two goals conceded and none scored.
Visitors MK Dons, who have never lost at Gigg Lane scored after just six minutes after starting the game the brighter of the two sides. A long ball from Scott Golbourne split the Shaker's defence. Osman Sow was first to the loose ball and calmly drove the ball home from the edge of the box with a crisp shot across Leo Fasan and into the opposite corner.
Within a minute of MK Dons taking the lead, Jermaine Beckford had been flagged offside twice following balls down the flank from Humphrey and Edwards. MK Dons were also getting balls forward with Agard firing at goal from distance, only for Aldred to get a touch and putting the ball out for a corner. Another corner soon followed following skilful play from Gboly Ariyibi, though neither produced any chances on goal.
Bury’s first chance of note came on 15 minutes when Chris Maguire floated the ball into the MK Dons box, striker Michael Smith brought the ball down with skill and ease before shooting on the half volley, only to see his effort fly straight into the arms of keeper Lee Nicholls.
A Bury free kick on 20 minutes brought Chris Maguire into action, and although he curled the ball around the wall, it flew out of play just inches wide of the post. Minutes later, Josh Laurent was the next to try by flashing a shot on goal from the edge of the box, but again, on the wrong side of the upright.
Michael Smith was the next to see an attempt on goal fail with a shot from an acute angle, that arrowed again, straight into the keeper’s arms. An MK Dons corner on 30 minutes saw Bury break quickly with the ball and charge up the field. Jermaine Beckford slipped the ball to his right-hand side for Laurent, but his shot flew into the MK Dons side netting.
Leo Fasan meanwhile was called into action before half-time when he got down smartly to block a rasping drive from Keiran Agard from crossing the line.
With neither side making any changes at the break, the Shakers set about trying to get back into the game. Within seconds of the restart, a diagonal ball from Humphrey found Beckford breaking into the box, but in doing so he had dragged down a Dons defender which brought the obvious free-kick to the visitors.
Another chance fell for Bury on 54 minutes when an attempted clearance was driven at goal by Chris Humphrey, his effort came with a full volley that seemed to be heading to the top corner, but a deflection of an MK Dons defender killed any pace on the shot, and allowed it to drop nicely into the keeper’s arms.
Phil Edwards had the next half chance just before the hour when a Chris Humphrey cross was met by a crisp header from Phil Edwards, his effort flew into the side netting from close range.
Leo Fasan kept Bury in the game again on 65 minutes when he again dived smartly to deny a long-range effort from Golbourne, pushing the ball out for a corner. Though the corner was to prove expensive as former Shaker Ethan Ebanks-Landell rose high to head the ball across and into the back of the net.
Mihai Dobre replaced Alex Whitmore on 72 minutes and as he had done in previous games, created the spark with electrifying runs down the flank and shots on target that, sadly, failed to bring a better outcome for the Shakers. Dobre will fly out this week as he heads away on International duty for Romania.
Another chance came on 85 minutes when Josh Laurent stung the palm of keeper Lee Nicholls with a great strike on target, but Nicholls did enough to keep the ball out of harm’s way.
The game finished after five additional minutes and saw the Shakers end their three-game unbeaten run.
Bury: Fasan, Leigh, Edwards, Whitmore (Dobre 71), Humphrey, Maguire, Aldred (Skarz 48), Laurent, Danns (Ince 54), Smith, Beckford
Subs not used: Bunn, Maloney, Williams, Reilly
MK Dons: Nicholls, Wootton, Brittain, Golbourne (Williams 76), Ebanks-Landell, Agard, Tshibola, Ariyibi (Cisse 71), Gilbey, Upson, Sow (Aneke 83)
Subs not used: Nesbitt, Seager, Sietsma, Lewington
Attendance: 3,165 (166 Visitors)