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Shirtliff sees the positives

19 August 2012

Bury caretaker boss Peter Shirtliff hailed a positive start to the new campaign after a 0-0 draw with Brentford.

Shirtliff took charge at Gigg Lane following Richie Barker's departure to Crawley two weeks ago and has been delighted with his players' response.

He said: "I'm very pleased with the performance. I thought the players really worked hard on a red hot day. We put them under pressure and had quite a few efforts on goal but overall it was a fair result."

He added: "We've got our first clean sheet of the season, we've got our first point on the board and we're unbeaten. That's a real positive for this club right now. We can carry on, move forward and hopefully get a result at Doncaster."

Chances were at a minimum during the first half, although Sam Saunders came close with an improvised header from Shaleum Logan's cross and Shakers goalkeeper Trevor Carson also needed his wits about him to save an Adam Forshaw shot.

Bury rarely threatened, but David Worrall saw a stinging effort blocked by Scott Barron before a wildly-deflected Steve Schumacher shot crept narrowly wide.

Brentford made all the early running after the break and Adam Lockwood produced a timely interception to deny Leon Legge a chance at point-blank range. Substitute Mark Cullen blazed a good chance wide for Bury and Worrall had a strong penalty appeal denied following a challenge from Harlee Dean inside the box.

Clayton Donaldson then wasted a great chance in injury time but Uwe Rosler was happy with the point.

"It was a fair result and a good result,'' said the Brentford boss. "The first game is always difficult. We got the first clean-sheet of the season. Bury are a powerful team on set-pieces and that was our thinking with three at centre half.

"We came here to get a result and we got one point. Overall, we are one point up from last season."


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