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Bury boss David Flitcroft looking upwards

5 April 2014

Bury manager David Flitcroft was not ruling out an unlikely Play-Off push after his side claimed a 2-0 home win against Exeter City.

The Shakers were 20th in League 2 before last Saturday's game against Northampton but three wins in a week have propelled them to 11th, seven points off the top seven.

Chris Hussey broke the deadlock with a 65th-minute free-kick before Exeter skipper Danny Coles was sent off five minutes later.

Substitute Tom Soares then struck in stoppage time as Bury made it three straight wins for the first time this season, leaving Exeter four points above the drop zone.

"Exeter are fighting for their lives and we won it comprehensively," Flitcroft said.

"The first 38 minutes was one of the most dominant performances we've had since I took over. I ignored the last seven minutes of the first half because the players couldn't keep pressing with that aggression.

"Danny Mayor caused them all sorts of problems down the left, linking up with Chris Hussey, but I think we hurt them from every part of the pitch.

"The second half, they were out on their feet at times, so I'm happy with how things panned out. Exeter have some danger men so you've got to careful when you're dominating so much that you don't trip yourselves up, and we didn't - it's another clean sheet.

"We've got five games left now and we want to win them all. Champions always look up and we've got to do that now.

"We've got Scunthorpe next week. It'll be a fantastic game and if we can end their incredible run then we'll reassess it and see what we can do."

The Shakers played like a side with the pressure off from the outset, with Dan Nardiello and Mayor going close.

Pablo Mills' wayward pass almost gifted the Grecians the lead, though, as Liam Sercombe's shot was blocked by Bury goalkeeper Brian Jensen.

And the Shakers took a deserved lead as Hussey's 25-yard free-kick took a deflection and Krysiak was unable to stop it going into the bottom corner.

Coles was booked for giving away the free-kick and was shown a second yellow card for another foul just five minutes later. Soares then turned in Mayor's late cross to seal victory.

"We had a tough first 20 minutes," said City manager Paul Tisdale. "They played particularly well and we hung on, but that crystallised our thoughts that we'd have to defend.

"We did that increasingly better as the game went on, they put us under a lot of pressure, yet ironically the goal comes from something quite soft. To concede a goal like that again, we came off very disappointed.

"The players worked very hard, they were very committed, and at 0-0 I could see us having the opportunity to break away.

"We did have one chance which came from exactly that sort of play but unfortunately we couldn't take it."


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