Bury's Andy Procter hopes cup thriller will boost Gigg Lane gate
THE Bury gameplan may have gone out of the window by the time they really started playing at Carrow Road, but battling midfielder Andy Procter, pictured, hopes the goal frenzy will have a lasting impact.
Procter has his fingers crossed that the manner of the defeat will tempt more than just the thousand Bury fans who witnessed it first hand to turn out for their next home match against Cheltenham Town on Saturday.
“We had a gameplan and just wanted to be hard to beat,” said the former Accrington Stanley captain.
“Unfortunately, we conceded two early goals, but I think we showed a lot of spirit to have a go.
“It was a good atmosphere and I think it was a good cup game. I don’t think we embarrassed ourselves by any means.
“But to go to a Premier League ground and create as many chances as we did, I think is positive.
“Hopefully, it showed we are an exciting team to watch and will help to bring the crowds in.”
Despite the cause for optimism, as a predominantly defensive midfielder, Procter is well aware that the Norwich cup defeat highlighted some of Bury’s flaws as well as their attacking potential.
“The way they moved the ball in the first half shows why they are a Premier League club. They played a lot of one-twos, and give-and-goes, and we found it difficult to get to grips with it,” he admitted.
“Having said that, the first two goals were avoidable and we were disappointed to go in 2-0 down.
“But I think you saw from the quality of the finishing that they have some top players, which is why they get paid the top money.”
So it is back to the drawing board for Procter and his new midfield marshal Tommy Miller, whose job it was to stop the flow of runs and through-balls from Norwich’s creative hub.
“It became a bit stretched in the second half. It was like a game of basketball at the end, when we were looking for an equaliser,” said the 30-year-old Procter.
“But I think we gave a good account of ourselves. If we can be half as productive as we were tonight in League Two I think we will get some positive results.”
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