Blackwell blasts 'awful' Bury display
BURY manager Kevin Blackwell was long on apologies but short of explanations after watching his side tamely fall to their third consecutive 2-0 home defeat.
Preston-born Jamie Proctor scored his first two goals for the visitors to ensure Crawley – managed by former Shakers boss Richie Barker – provided another dent in the Gigg Lane outfit’s survival hopes.
The 20-year-old striker followed up a well-placed shot in the 17th minute with a neat header just after the break and Blackwell’s side failed to muster a serious response in what was a disjointed, toothless display.
The lacklustre showing was all the more baffling as it followed on from a 1-0 win at promotion-chasing Swindon last Tuesday.
“That’s the worst I’ve seen us,” said Blackwell.
“It was awful. I just can’t see where that’s come from. They were high as kites, full of confidence (going into the match).
“All I can do is apologise to the fans. I thought it was absolute rubbish. I don’t think anybody can take any credit.”
Bury looked nervous from the opening whistle and never got to grips with a dry, bobbly pitch.
Jake Taylor fired off a warning in the sixth-minute, waltzing through the offside trap before Trevor Carson palmed away his shot. But Bury’s defence failed to heed it, centre-back Ethan Ebanks-Landell missing the ball with a wild swing of his boot that left Proctor time to get off a low strike that went in off the post.
Zac Thompson was the only Bury player to manage a shot on target in the first half, but his volley was well held by Paul Jones.
Proctor’s second goal, on 48 minutes, nipped any hopes of a comeback in the bud. The young forward beat marker Joe Skarz to head home a cross from former Bury winger Mike Jones.
Blackwell flung on Andy Bishop, who put a decent header just over the bar, while a blistering shot from striker partner Craig Fagan went the same way.
And Craig Jones, a second-half replacement for Tom Soares, who is thought to have suffered a torn hamstring, just failed to connect with a flick-on from Ebanks-Landell.
The defeat, coupled with a good win for Colchester United, left Bury third bottom of League One, eight points from safety.