RYAN Lowe feels his Bury side are on the right track despite letting two points slip on Tuesday night.

Saturday’s 4-0 home win against Notts County lifted the Shakers into the League Two play-off places and they led Newport County at half time in midweek.

But fourth-placed Newport replied to earn a 1-1 draw and Forest Green’s win against Tranmere nudged Bury back down to eighth ahead of this Saturday’s trip to mid-table Port Vale.

“It was one of those games when we really should have won,” said manager Lowe.

“We dominated for the majority of the game but just went to sleep a little bit in the first 15 minutes of the second half and that cost us – Newport had one shot on target and scored from it.

“We’ve had two tough games in the last few days, but we’ve come away with four points so I can’t be too down-heartened. I certainly won’t criticise any of the lads.

“We’re definitely on the right track and I think everyone can see that. Everyone can see the progress we’re making this season.

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we’re nearly a good team, but we’re not quite there yet.

“We’ll take a look at the top 10 at Christmas and see where we are then.”

Bury have now lost just one of their last 10 games in all competitions, despite having to play four games in 11 days.

After visiting Vale Park, the Shakers can enjoy a free week before making the short trip to bottom club Macclesfield the following Saturday.

Bury are then due to host non-league Dover Athletic in the FA Cup first round the following weekend.

Defender Adam Thompson added: “Newport’s goalkeeper produced a few ‘worldy’ saves. On another day we would have won 4-1. But we can take two good performances in the last couple of games into Port Vale now.”