A goalless draw for the Shakers against Southend United was enough to extend their unbeaten run to five games.
There were chances at both ends in the game but there was nothing between the two teams in a tense match at the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane.
After Saturday’s dramatic end to the game in Bradford which earned the Shakers a valuable point, three changes were made to the starting line-up. Nathan Cameron, Neil Danns and Danny Mayor were replaced by Adam Thompson, Stephen Dawson and James Hanson.
Both teams were in good form before the game with the visitors winning their last three games under new Manager Chris Powell, but the Shakers were unbeaten in their last four games since Ryan Lowe’s return to the hot seat.
Within the first three minutes, it was a lively start in front of goal as George Miller came inches away from finding the target following a quick cross from James Hanson down the left before the ball ran out of play. That chance was followed by Freddie Ladapo’s low hit shot for the visitors, but it could only find the side netting after cutting in onto his left foot from the right wing.
The Shakers had to wait until the 23rd minute to find another sight of goal through Harry Bunn, the left winger turned his man and fired a shot at goal from distance but he could only find the side netting.
On 36 minutes, a nice combination between Miller and Zeli Ismail allowed the latter to take aim at goal from the edge of the penalty area, his shot was deflected but could only bounce wide of the target.
Lowe’s side bravely weathered the storm in the final stages of the first half as they came under heavy pressure from the away team but managed to hold on to their position at the break.
Six minutes into the second half, Miller’s persistent chasing of the ball mounted the danger on the Southend defence as he did all the hard work before rounding the goalkeeper, he crossed the ball back for Hanson, but the experienced striker was unable to find enough power in his header to beat Mark Oxley.
Dru Yearwood had a golden chance to find his side a goal on the 61st minute with a header inside the penalty area, following Ladapo’s battle with Connor Ripley in the air, but his header dipped way over the crossbar.
Another chance was to follow for the visitors as Shayon Harrison’s effort from 18-yards out was parried excellently by Ripley, the rebound fell to substitute Jermaine McGlashan but he was unable to find the target from close range.
With two minutes of normal time remaining, Ben Coker dribbled his way free of the Shakers' defence before firing low to Ripley’s left, a shot which was equalled by the Bury goalkeeper.
Next up for the Shakers: they travel to Ewood Park next Monday to face Blackburn Rovers in front of the live television cameras.
Attendance: 2,795 (224 travelling supporters)
Bury: Ripley, Edwards, Clarke, Thompson, Leigh, Ismail (Tutte 46), Laurent, Dawson (O’Shea 81), Bunn, Hanson, Miller
Unused subs: Murphy, Maguire, Dai, Cooney, Adams
Southend United: Oxley, Demetriou, Ferdinand, Turner, Coker, McLaughlin, Timlin, Yearwood, Kightly (McGlashan 46), Ladapo, Harrison (Fortune 82)
Unused subs: Bishop, Klass, Kyprianou, Robinson, Bwomono