JAMIE HOYLAND: Players must take the positives from back-to-back defeats

Jamie Hoyland

Jamie Hoyland

First published in Bury FC

AS a player, the last thing you want to hear after being on the wrong end of a dodgy late decision, like Bury were on Tuesday night, is that experiences like that will make you stronger. But the fact of the matter is they do.

Taking positives from every situation, no matter how heartbreaking, is something you have to learn very early on as a footballer.

And while the boys will have needed picking up when they returned to training today, they will not have to look too far for positives.

Losing on Saturday was a blow, but to then go to a Championship club and play them off the park for 96 minutes, they have to now take that level of performance into the next game and I am sure they will come back from their next match at Hartlepool with three points.

Losing a last-minute penalty is hard to take, but they shouldn’t let that take the gloss off what was a thoroughly professional display.

And to then pick themselves up after going 3-1 down to get a goal back in extra time just shows the spirit in the camp.

That spirit will see them go far.

I fully anticipate Flicker to use the events of Tuesday night, and the defeat to Cheltenham to a lesser extent, to create a siege mentality.

When decisions go against you, especially if you are playing against a club from a higher division, you are left feeling like the world is against you, that nobody is going to help you, so you will just have to go out and do it the hard way.

The lads will have a similar approach to their league matches. When you are pegged as favourites, or one of the strong tips for promotion, as Bury have been, you get a feeling everyone wants to see you fail.

But Flicker must have been pleased by a lot of the things he saw on Tuesday night and he will use all of that as ammunition to fire up the lads before Saturday’s match.

One of the other stories doing the rounds this week has been Bury’s reported search for a new striker.

Accrington Stanley manager James Beattie came out on the attack after claiming the club made a derisory offer for Kai Naismith.

I have seen quite a bit of him while covering Accrington matches for BBC Radio Lancashire, and there is no doubt they will want to keep hold of Kai because he is something of a talisman for them.

He is one of those players who you can give the ball to and expect him to do something a bit different – create a chance from nothing.

I can only assume that the lad’s head was turned on Tuesday night as he was well below his usual standards against Leeds and was substituted at half-time. But while Beattie is keen to keep hold of him, if Bury are willing to pay a fee, which is unusual in League Two these days, then I think Stanley will have to consider it.

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10:41am Thu 14 Aug 14

shakencity says...

If Stanley have said no, then move on to other options....simples.
If Stanley have said no, then move on to other options....simples. shakencity
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11:47am Thu 14 Aug 14

Eileenshakers says...

There is an old saying in football and in life "what doesn't kill you can only make you stronger".
In my view you don't always get what you deserve in life and it's often the case in football matches too.The lads played the Trotters off the park although I admit their team was weakened by the amount of changes that Freeman made to his side.
Yes I can see that David will create a siege mentality but isn't it better to play badly and win than to play well and lose?.
Unfortunately it's a results business and that is what Joe Public will view,analyse and criticise at the end of the day.
True the referee had an absolute stinker in the cup game and seemed biased with every decision he made against Our team.
Perhaps he thought it was all about him and his level of performance but he won't have done himself any favours on Tuesday night.
The club,players and most importantly us fans need to move on and not dwell about what might have been.As it happens BWFC have not received a plumb tie in the next round of the cup and will find no great financial reward or easy task when they come up against Crewe whom I expect will prevail in that tie.As for the interest in Naisworth,a word to the board do your business behind closed doors not in public and when the contract is signed by a new player then you can make it public.
The transfer policy at our club in the past 12months and revolving door with players contracts being ripped up has been a surprise to me but I'm sure the board will explain the reasons for this at The AGM in September.
At least on Saturday we will be up against another beleaguered side in the form of Pools and hopefully James Poole will prove the match winner against his ex club,wonder if Tommy Miller might be looking forward to playing against us.
On a positive note we have lead 3 times in the last 4 matches including the pre-season games but have not been able to see out the games turning possible wins in to draws.
Once the Gaffer can iron these deficiencies then we will start to win football matches.
There is an old saying in football and in life "what doesn't kill you can only make you stronger". In my view you don't always get what you deserve in life and it's often the case in football matches too.The lads played the Trotters off the park although I admit their team was weakened by the amount of changes that Freeman made to his side. Yes I can see that David will create a siege mentality but isn't it better to play badly and win than to play well and lose?. Unfortunately it's a results business and that is what Joe Public will view,analyse and criticise at the end of the day. True the referee had an absolute stinker in the cup game and seemed biased with every decision he made against Our team. Perhaps he thought it was all about him and his level of performance but he won't have done himself any favours on Tuesday night. The club,players and most importantly us fans need to move on and not dwell about what might have been.As it happens BWFC have not received a plumb tie in the next round of the cup and will find no great financial reward or easy task when they come up against Crewe whom I expect will prevail in that tie.As for the interest in Naisworth,a word to the board do your business behind closed doors not in public and when the contract is signed by a new player then you can make it public. The transfer policy at our club in the past 12months and revolving door with players contracts being ripped up has been a surprise to me but I'm sure the board will explain the reasons for this at The AGM in September. At least on Saturday we will be up against another beleaguered side in the form of Pools and hopefully James Poole will prove the match winner against his ex club,wonder if Tommy Miller might be looking forward to playing against us. On a positive note we have lead 3 times in the last 4 matches including the pre-season games but have not been able to see out the games turning possible wins in to draws. Once the Gaffer can iron these deficiencies then we will start to win football matches. Eileenshakers
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1:26pm Thu 14 Aug 14

tomroy says...

each game is 90 mins +, so the manager has to seriously instil to his team
what we have, we,ve got to hold and scrap and have the physical presence
to battle, you don,t get anywhere with out hard work and guts .
we have to get points at hartlepool on sat otherwise it be a long season
ahead for us.
each game is 90 mins +, so the manager has to seriously instil to his team what we have, we,ve got to hold and scrap and have the physical presence to battle, you don,t get anywhere with out hard work and guts . we have to get points at hartlepool on sat otherwise it be a long season ahead for us. tomroy
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