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David Flitcroft revels in Bury romp

26 February 2014

Bury boss David Flitcroft labelled some of his side's football as "unplayable" as they mauled relegation rivals Mansfield Town 4-1 away from home to make it six games unbeaten.

Danny Mayor put the visitors into a half-time lead before Daniel Nardiello grabbed a quickfire brace to make it 3-0 just after the hour mark.

Sam Clucas grabbed one back for Mansfield but Jake Carroll quickly re-established Bury's three-goal advantage.

The Shakers dominated possession and never let the home side have a sniff, and Flitcroft said: "It has been getting better and better and I was pleased with the way we locked down the pitch.

"Some of our football was unplayable and we showed a cutting edge and drive. Every aspect of it was A1.

"We have worn them down. After 20 minutes of possession football we de-energised them. When you do it well you also energise yourselves and we just grew and grew.

"We have done so many miles on the training ground just to get here and the lads have been a credit to the club and myself. They represent everything I believe in football.

"We are a good team who play with pace, power and real quality. We caused them so many problems down the sides and behind them.

"We have players out and here we were down to what we'd got. But every single player played a massive part, including those on the bench."

Defeat for Mansfield came just four days after they had beaten high-flying Fleetwood 1-0.

And shell-shocked boss Paul Cox said: "I am disappointed and the lads are disappointed and we need to get it out of our systems as quickly as possible. Saturday can't come quickly enough for me.

"I thought there were a few tired bodies out there, though that's not an excuse as Bury played on Saturday too.

"Next time we play in midweek I may have to make some bigger and better decisions.

"Hindsight is brilliant but maybe coming into this game I should have probably made a few changes and freshened things up a bit."

He added: "We didn't deserve anything. I would probably have booed that. You are going to have nights like this. Put in a bad display like that and you deserve the stick that comes your way.

"I have no complaints. We were beaten by a better side all round. We were a million miles off the pace and got what we deserved, which was a bit of a spanking.

"Everything that was right on Saturday was wrong here. We let them play and when you do that at this level you will get hurt. We never got close.

"Usually when we lose the opposition know they've been in a game. I don't believe Bury will think they've been in a game here. We stood back and admired them.

"I just hope one or two of my players don't think the job is done after a decent run of results as once you think that then you get a short, sharp kick in the backside.

"We are in a relegation battle and they have all summer to rest their legs."

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