VERDICT: Bury 1 Dagenham & Redbridge 1

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TWO stunning saves from the Dagenham keeper and a late intervention from the crossbar denied Bury a first win in six matches.

But manager David Flitcroft took plenty of encouragement from a ninth game unbeaten on home turf under his leadership.

On-loan Burton Albion defender Chris Hussey fired Bury ahead on the hour with a goal on his home debut.

Chris Lewington then pulled off a one-handed reflex stop two minutes later to deny Clive Platt a certain goal – an almost carbon copy of a save from Platt just minutes before the break.

But Luke Norris curled home the equaliser against the run of play on 66 minutes and while substitute Andy Procter’s rattled the crossbar with a header from a late Hussey corner, Bury could not secure what would have been a deserved three points.

“To win football matches you have got to score at important times and that second goal kills that team off,” said Flitcroft, pleased at least to bounce back from defeat at bottom-club Torquay in midweek.

“At 2-0 they are dead and buried for me but we’ve played with energy and a real intent and a purpose and on another day, genuinely, I thought we could have scored three, four or five goals.”

Flitcroft admitted the atrocious weather, which left pools of standing water on what he described as a “bog” of a pitch, influenced his decision to switch to a flat back four.

Left-back Hussey dovetailed perfectly on the left with Danny Mayor, while captain Craig Jones put in another lung-busting display on the right of midfield.

Their tireless running and searching crosses provided a real threat, adding to what was a high-quality, end-to-end game, despite the conditions.

Bury’s first effort, however, came from a long ball from full-back Frederic Veseli that Daniel Nardiello nicked in between keeper and defender to get on the end of, but the striker failed to turn his shot on target from a tight angle.

Dagenham’s Abu Ogogo blazed wide after the ball fell at his feet from a corner, while Norris fired a low shot just the wrong side of the post.

But the Shakers had the real pick of the first-half chances as they got on top in the closing 20 minutes.

Nardiello was unlucky to see a shot blocked after creating space for himself in the box, while Jim McNulty was inches away from connecting with a Jones flick-on at the back post from a Hussey corner.

Lewington then made the first of his saves to deny Platt from point-black range after the veteran striker turned a Nardiello pull-back goalwards.

A double half-time substitution from Daggers boss Wayne Burnett did have some effect, as Jensen was twice called upon to make telling interceptions after they breached the Bury back-line.

But Hussey’s opener changed the momentum of the game once again, as the defender read a neat reverse pass from Mayor on the left edge of the Dagenham box before surging to the touchline and beating Lewington with a low drive at his near post.

Two minutes later Platt found himself in space 10 yards out but the Daggers keeper palmed away his shot with a strong arm.

And the visitors made the most of that let-off as Norris ran into the Bury box before opening up his body and curling a right-footed shot past Jensen and into the bottom corner.

That’s how it stayed, but Procter’s powerful header could easily have changed that, bouncing down off the woodwork just the wrong side of the Dagenham goal line.

With second-bottom Northampton also drawing, Flitcroft was not too dispirited by the dropped points as Bury maintained their four-point cushion above the relegation places.

“We came up with something that represented me more as a person,” he said. “The Torquay result didn’t, but I thought there was a fight and an energy about us and a real potency in performance, apart from just that last little bit.

“But it’s another game we have not been beaten here and it’s another game chalked off for the chasing pack who are trying to get over us in the league.”

BURY: Jensen 7; Veseli 8, Mills 8, McNulty 6; Jones 8, Sedgwick 7, Tutte 6 (Procter 7 72), Hussey 8; Mayor 7 (Young 90); Platt 6 (Akpa Akpro 6 76), Nardiello 7.

Not used: Hinds, Grimes, Carroll, Charles-Cook.

DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE: Lewington; Hoyte, Doe, Saah, Connors (Ilesanmi 46); Chambers (Bingham 87), Ogogo, D'Ath (Azeez 46), Howell; Elito; Norris.

Not used: Dickson, Shields, Gayle, Seabright.

Goals: Bury (Hussey 60) Dagenham & Redbridge (Norris 66).

Yellow cards: Dagenham & Redbridge – Connors 9.

Referee: David Webb (County Durham).

Attendance: 2,705 (103 visiting).

Star man: Chris Hussey – David Flitcroft admitted he thought he had signed the wrong Chris Hussey after a below-par display in his first outing at Southend following a loan move from Burton Albion. But the full-back looked a completely different prospect on his home debut, surging down the left, combining well with Danny Mayor, to put in a string of telling crosses. The 25-year-old defender then showed he can finish with a powerful, accurate shot to open up his Bury account. His set-piece delivery almost proved telling as well, with Andy Procter heading his late corner against the crossbar. Flitcroft believes there is at least another 30 per cent to come from the youngster, and on this showing that would make him a real asset.

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4:33pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Eileenshakers says...

Why is it that week in week out the opposition goalkeeper is the star performer keeping our powder puff strikers at bay and preventing them from scoring goals?.

I would put it down more to our players lack of belief and ruthlessness in front of goal. especially when out strikers are lacking in confidence.

It's up to the manager to install belief,so for me he is failing in his duty and for me he isn't the man to take this club forward.

We need to be looking towards next season whatever league we are in and recruit the right guy who can bring in top quality players who can take this club where it needs to be.

'Whilst i am at the club i will do my best to achieve success',his words not mine,so are we to presume that DF is only using our club as a short term stepping stone to progress his own career.
Why is it that week in week out the opposition goalkeeper is the star performer keeping our powder puff strikers at bay and preventing them from scoring goals?. I would put it down more to our players lack of belief and ruthlessness in front of goal. especially when out strikers are lacking in confidence. It's up to the manager to install belief,so for me he is failing in his duty and for me he isn't the man to take this club forward. We need to be looking towards next season whatever league we are in and recruit the right guy who can bring in top quality players who can take this club where it needs to be. 'Whilst i am at the club i will do my best to achieve success',his words not mine,so are we to presume that DF is only using our club as a short term stepping stone to progress his own career. Eileenshakers
  • Score: -8

7:06pm Sun 23 Mar 14

easylife44 says...

Hmmm... 3 losses in 16 games and that is not achieving success? Last time checked we were in the bottom two with Frick and Frack..

Up and until Flickers took over we scored 26 goals...since he has taken over we have scored 25 in less games played.

A win against Northampton will take care of any lingering questions.

Safe as April 1st
Hmmm... 3 losses in 16 games and that is not achieving success? Last time checked we were in the bottom two with Frick and Frack.. Up and until Flickers took over we scored 26 goals...since he has taken over we have scored 25 in less games played. A win against Northampton will take care of any lingering questions. Safe as April 1st easylife44
  • Score: 2

8:40pm Sun 23 Mar 14

binyomin says...

Eileenshakers wrote:
Why is it that week in week out the opposition goalkeeper is the star performer keeping our powder puff strikers at bay and preventing them from scoring goals?.

I would put it down more to our players lack of belief and ruthlessness in front of goal. especially when out strikers are lacking in confidence.

It's up to the manager to install belief,so for me he is failing in his duty and for me he isn't the man to take this club forward.

We need to be looking towards next season whatever league we are in and recruit the right guy who can bring in top quality players who can take this club where it needs to be.

'Whilst i am at the club i will do my best to achieve success',his words not mine,so are we to presume that DF is only using our club as a short term stepping stone to progress his own career.
You install equipment for example belief is instilled.

So now the inconsistent illiterate amongst us are now suggesting that DF is not the right man for the job. You've not really got a clue!!!

You change your opinions as often as the wind changes course. I am becoming increasingly bored with your inane comments. You cannot be a supporter because they support. You simply enjoy criticising.
[quote][p][bold]Eileenshakers[/bold] wrote: Why is it that week in week out the opposition goalkeeper is the star performer keeping our powder puff strikers at bay and preventing them from scoring goals?. I would put it down more to our players lack of belief and ruthlessness in front of goal. especially when out strikers are lacking in confidence. It's up to the manager to install belief,so for me he is failing in his duty and for me he isn't the man to take this club forward. We need to be looking towards next season whatever league we are in and recruit the right guy who can bring in top quality players who can take this club where it needs to be. 'Whilst i am at the club i will do my best to achieve success',his words not mine,so are we to presume that DF is only using our club as a short term stepping stone to progress his own career.[/p][/quote]You install equipment for example belief is instilled. So now the inconsistent illiterate amongst us are now suggesting that DF is not the right man for the job. You've not really got a clue!!! You change your opinions as often as the wind changes course. I am becoming increasingly bored with your inane comments. You cannot be a supporter because they support. You simply enjoy criticising. binyomin
  • Score: 8

8:41pm Sun 23 Mar 14

binyomin says...

Eileenshakers wrote:
Why is it that week in week out the opposition goalkeeper is the star performer keeping our powder puff strikers at bay and preventing them from scoring goals?.

I would put it down more to our players lack of belief and ruthlessness in front of goal. especially when out strikers are lacking in confidence.

It's up to the manager to install belief,so for me he is failing in his duty and for me he isn't the man to take this club forward.

We need to be looking towards next season whatever league we are in and recruit the right guy who can bring in top quality players who can take this club where it needs to be.

'Whilst i am at the club i will do my best to achieve success',his words not mine,so are we to presume that DF is only using our club as a short term stepping stone to progress his own career.
You install equipment for example belief is instilled.

So now the inconsistent illiterate amongst us are now suggesting that DF is not the right man for the job. You've not really got a clue!!!

You change your opinions as often as the wind changes course. I am becoming increasingly bored with your inane comments. You cannot be a supporter because they support. You simply enjoy criticising.
[quote][p][bold]Eileenshakers[/bold] wrote: Why is it that week in week out the opposition goalkeeper is the star performer keeping our powder puff strikers at bay and preventing them from scoring goals?. I would put it down more to our players lack of belief and ruthlessness in front of goal. especially when out strikers are lacking in confidence. It's up to the manager to install belief,so for me he is failing in his duty and for me he isn't the man to take this club forward. We need to be looking towards next season whatever league we are in and recruit the right guy who can bring in top quality players who can take this club where it needs to be. 'Whilst i am at the club i will do my best to achieve success',his words not mine,so are we to presume that DF is only using our club as a short term stepping stone to progress his own career.[/p][/quote]You install equipment for example belief is instilled. So now the inconsistent illiterate amongst us are now suggesting that DF is not the right man for the job. You've not really got a clue!!! You change your opinions as often as the wind changes course. I am becoming increasingly bored with your inane comments. You cannot be a supporter because they support. You simply enjoy criticising. binyomin
  • Score: 4

7:36am Mon 24 Mar 14

shakencity says...

"2 stunning saves". Admittedly 1 was a good save but the other should have been buried.
We can't say we didn't have the chances, but i thought a draw was probably a fair result.....we definitely didn't play them off the park or batter them for 90 minutes.

I see the report also doesn't mention Jones stupidly giving the ball away for their goal.....we gifted the opposition 2 goals at Torquay, then gift wrap the very next opposition their goal too.......so much for putting things right eh Mr Jones!!!

On the subject of Captaincy, how on earth is Mills not skipper?.....the appointment of Jones is truly embarrassing, he's never a leader.

In my opinion Akpa-Akpro should start the next game, with Platt being brought on with 20 minutes to go (and not the other way round) to rescue a point. Let's stop all this long hoof ball rubbish we seem to have resorted to, get it back on the deck and start playing some decent football again......maybe even revert back to 4-5-1, playing A-A just behind Nardiello (or vice-versa).
"2 stunning saves". Admittedly 1 was a good save but the other should have been buried. We can't say we didn't have the chances, but i thought a draw was probably a fair result.....we definitely didn't play them off the park or batter them for 90 minutes. I see the report also doesn't mention Jones stupidly giving the ball away for their goal.....we gifted the opposition 2 goals at Torquay, then gift wrap the very next opposition their goal too.......so much for putting things right eh Mr Jones!!! On the subject of Captaincy, how on earth is Mills not skipper?.....the appointment of Jones is truly embarrassing, he's never a leader. In my opinion Akpa-Akpro should start the next game, with Platt being brought on with 20 minutes to go (and not the other way round) to rescue a point. Let's stop all this long hoof ball rubbish we seem to have resorted to, get it back on the deck and start playing some decent football again......maybe even revert back to 4-5-1, playing A-A just behind Nardiello (or vice-versa). shakencity
  • Score: 2

9:03am Mon 24 Mar 14

mammol says...

well Eileen i think you have lost it this time girl !! We do as you say never seem to get a keeper who has a nightmare down at Gigg (sorry jD) anyway the pitch was shocking and yes for both teams but our probloms do lie in center mid with sedgewick always it seams to be on his own.
i to think either Mills or Mcnulty should be captain as i don`t see jones telling anyone off when they make mistakes. people do need to be told including him for his poor ball leading to Dagenhams goal.
I for one will admit i appear to be wrong about Hussey as he had a blinder and after i saw him at southend were he was poor i take my hat off to him and say well done.
Nice that the beast was back in goal and the whole back 3 looked happier with his presence there.
keep supporting people and we will soon be out of this mess and can look forward to next season as some one has said on here 3 defeats in 16 is not bad i know we have drawn a lot but like i said look forward to next season !!
well Eileen i think you have lost it this time girl !! We do as you say never seem to get a keeper who has a nightmare down at Gigg (sorry jD) anyway the pitch was shocking and yes for both teams but our probloms do lie in center mid with sedgewick always it seams to be on his own. i to think either Mills or Mcnulty should be captain as i don`t see jones telling anyone off when they make mistakes. people do need to be told including him for his poor ball leading to Dagenhams goal. I for one will admit i appear to be wrong about Hussey as he had a blinder and after i saw him at southend were he was poor i take my hat off to him and say well done. Nice that the beast was back in goal and the whole back 3 looked happier with his presence there. keep supporting people and we will soon be out of this mess and can look forward to next season as some one has said on here 3 defeats in 16 is not bad i know we have drawn a lot but like i said look forward to next season !! mammol
  • Score: 1

1:37pm Mon 24 Mar 14

easylife44 says...

mammol wrote:
well Eileen i think you have lost it this time girl !! We do as you say never seem to get a keeper who has a nightmare down at Gigg (sorry jD) anyway the pitch was shocking and yes for both teams but our probloms do lie in center mid with sedgewick always it seams to be on his own.
i to think either Mills or Mcnulty should be captain as i don`t see jones telling anyone off when they make mistakes. people do need to be told including him for his poor ball leading to Dagenhams goal.
I for one will admit i appear to be wrong about Hussey as he had a blinder and after i saw him at southend were he was poor i take my hat off to him and say well done.
Nice that the beast was back in goal and the whole back 3 looked happier with his presence there.
keep supporting people and we will soon be out of this mess and can look forward to next season as some one has said on here 3 defeats in 16 is not bad i know we have drawn a lot but like i said look forward to next season !!
The very fact we have drawn games equates to points accumulated. Certainly, if we had turned these into wins we would be sky high in the league But I look at when Flickers came in, the challenge he had in organizing and bringing in players and ousting people like Harrad, Roberts....urgh.

I agree with you mammol...next season will be great. I keep saying it, safe by April 1....
[quote][p][bold]mammol[/bold] wrote: well Eileen i think you have lost it this time girl !! We do as you say never seem to get a keeper who has a nightmare down at Gigg (sorry jD) anyway the pitch was shocking and yes for both teams but our probloms do lie in center mid with sedgewick always it seams to be on his own. i to think either Mills or Mcnulty should be captain as i don`t see jones telling anyone off when they make mistakes. people do need to be told including him for his poor ball leading to Dagenhams goal. I for one will admit i appear to be wrong about Hussey as he had a blinder and after i saw him at southend were he was poor i take my hat off to him and say well done. Nice that the beast was back in goal and the whole back 3 looked happier with his presence there. keep supporting people and we will soon be out of this mess and can look forward to next season as some one has said on here 3 defeats in 16 is not bad i know we have drawn a lot but like i said look forward to next season !![/p][/quote]The very fact we have drawn games equates to points accumulated. Certainly, if we had turned these into wins we would be sky high in the league But I look at when Flickers came in, the challenge he had in organizing and bringing in players and ousting people like Harrad, Roberts....urgh. I agree with you mammol...next season will be great. I keep saying it, safe by April 1.... easylife44
  • Score: -2

5:14pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Ex Pat of Bury says...

binyomin wrote:
Eileenshakers wrote:
Why is it that week in week out the opposition goalkeeper is the star performer keeping our powder puff strikers at bay and preventing them from scoring goals?.

I would put it down more to our players lack of belief and ruthlessness in front of goal. especially when out strikers are lacking in confidence.

It's up to the manager to install belief,so for me he is failing in his duty and for me he isn't the man to take this club forward.

We need to be looking towards next season whatever league we are in and recruit the right guy who can bring in top quality players who can take this club where it needs to be.

'Whilst i am at the club i will do my best to achieve success',his words not mine,so are we to presume that DF is only using our club as a short term stepping stone to progress his own career.
You install equipment for example belief is instilled.

So now the inconsistent illiterate amongst us are now suggesting that DF is not the right man for the job. You've not really got a clue!!!

You change your opinions as often as the wind changes course. I am becoming increasingly bored with your inane comments. You cannot be a supporter because they support. You simply enjoy criticising.
Hear Hear Binyomin,spot on.and well said.
[quote][p][bold]binyomin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eileenshakers[/bold] wrote: Why is it that week in week out the opposition goalkeeper is the star performer keeping our powder puff strikers at bay and preventing them from scoring goals?. I would put it down more to our players lack of belief and ruthlessness in front of goal. especially when out strikers are lacking in confidence. It's up to the manager to install belief,so for me he is failing in his duty and for me he isn't the man to take this club forward. We need to be looking towards next season whatever league we are in and recruit the right guy who can bring in top quality players who can take this club where it needs to be. 'Whilst i am at the club i will do my best to achieve success',his words not mine,so are we to presume that DF is only using our club as a short term stepping stone to progress his own career.[/p][/quote]You install equipment for example belief is instilled. So now the inconsistent illiterate amongst us are now suggesting that DF is not the right man for the job. You've not really got a clue!!! You change your opinions as often as the wind changes course. I am becoming increasingly bored with your inane comments. You cannot be a supporter because they support. You simply enjoy criticising.[/p][/quote]Hear Hear Binyomin,spot on.and well said. Ex Pat of Bury
  • Score: 3

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