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Bury manager David Flitcroft pleased with point against Burton Albion

21 January 2014

Bury boss David Flitcroft was pleased with how his side forced promotion-chasing Burton Albion onto the back foot during a 0-0 draw at the JD Stadium.

Albion came into the game second in the table after going 10 games unbeaten in League Two and the visitors had the better of an entertaining first half.

But Flitcroft had opted for an adventurous 3-4-3 formation and it began to pay dividends after the break as the Shakers, looking to drag themselves away from the drop zone, threatened to claim all three points.

``In the first half they shaded it on chances but in the second half we completely dominated on play,`` said Flitcroft. ``They had to change their shape, which they don't do often.

``The main player I'd want our chances to fall to is Danny Nardiello but with the chance he had he just got his footing mixed up at the last moment. So we were close go getting the three points, which is encouraging.

``We're just concentrating on what we're good at and we're bringing good players to the club.

``I heard from the stands, 'get it forward'. But we've got a plan and we've got players to fit into that plan.

``Pablo Mills and Jim McNulty showed courage to get on the ball, to dictate the play, and you've got to shift teams like Burton around the pitch.

``Some of the high-tempo play when we got in was outstanding, it's just that last bit. We gave them a tough game and I'm delighted with quite a few of the performances.``

Both teams had chances and Billy Kee should have broken the deadlock but his close-range header was superbly kept out by Shakers goalkeeper Brian Jensen.

Adam McGurk and Jimmy Phillips both tested Jensen from outside the box while at the other end Anton Forrester and Ashley Grimes fired straight at visiting keeper Dean Lyness.

Nardiello hit a tame effort at Lyness after just loosing his footing at the vital moment.

Phil Edwards then made a last-ditch tackle to deny Nardiello after a fine run by the on-loan Rotherham striker to ensure the scoresheet remained blank.

Burton boss Gary Rowett was pleased with aspects of his side's play but felt they did not work Jensen enough.

``We got ourselves into some really good positions in the first half and had some really good chances,`` said Rowett.

``Our final shot or final ball just wasn't quite good enough but it's another clean sheet and another point. We didn't work their keeper often enough but I'm not too displeased.

``After playing on Tuesday night we didn't quite have the same energy as normal. Normally we'd come strong with 20 minutes to go and you could argue we didn't quite kick into gear when we needed to.

``Bury gave us a problem with the way they played. I thought their team selection was very brave, almost playing two full-backs as two centre- halves alongside Pablo Mills, and at times they passed the ball really well. You can see they're going to cause some teams problems.

``We switched to 4-5-1 in the second half because we felt there was some space behind our midfield which they exploited well.

``We felt that when we're not quite at it, let's try to block it up a bit and see if we can get something on the break. But it didn't quite fall for us.``

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