Time for action says stand-in Bury captain Andy Procter
THE time for excuses are over, says new Bury captain Andy Procter.
The 30-year-old central midfielder took over the armband on Saturday and helped guide the Shakers to only their second clean sheet of the season.
But, while the Gigg Lane outfit demonstrated many of the battling qualities Procter has built his own career on, they lacked composure in front of goal.
Now the stand-in captain has urged his team-mates to show their true class to move away from their lowly 18th place.
“We’ve got to start putting results together,” said the former Accrington Stanley captain.
“I was in the Accrington team that got to the play-offs. We were languishing near the wrong end of the table but when you put back-to-back wins together it suddenly looks different.
“But talking about putting back-to-back wins together and actually doing it is a different story. It’s time we rolled our sleeves up and actually did it.”
Manager Kevin Blackwell handed Procter the armband ahead of vice-captain Tom Soares after dropping captain Gareth Roberts.
It was one of five changes to the team that lost 2-1 at Dagenham and Redbridge.
But Procter refused to blame Bury’s failure to win any of their last six games on having an unsettled side.
“Training’s really bright, the quality’s up there with any team I’ve played in, it’s just putting it all together,” he said.
“It was a new squad at the start of the season but that’s not really an excuse anymore, we’ve been together over six weeks now and it’s time to start getting results and putting points on the board.”
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