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League Two

Bury boss David Flitcroft hails resilience

26 March 2014

Bury manager David Flitcroft praised his team's defensive display after they earned a crucial 0-0 draw at Newport County.

The point keeps the Shakers four clear of the League Two relegation zone with seven games left to play.

Bury skipper Craig Jones twice missed the chance to take all three points.

Danny Mayor twice burst down the left in the opening minutes only for Jones to scuff his shots from six yards out.

But Bury goalkeeper Brian Jensen then denied Robbie Willmott and Chris Zebroski to save a draw and deny Newport a second win in a row.

Jenson saved Zebroski's first-time effort from Willmott's curling cross. He then tipped Willmott long-range effort over the bar to ensure David Flitcroft's side remain four points clear of relegation.

Flitcroft said: "The way we defended against a forceful Newport team was immaculate. It was difficult to play on that pitch and I thought we defended superbly.

"We must get the balance right. I went with two strikers to try and get the stimulus to grab the first goal. If we had taken one of our early chances I would be calling it a complete performance, but without that crucial goal it is only half a performance.

"We have to be flexible and adaptable to whatever comes our way.

"Craig Jones had a couple of opportunities, he has a real connection with Hussey on the left-hand side.

"Danny Mayor put a lovely ball in for Clive Platt but it was as if time stood still. I couldn't work out how his header wasn't directed towards goal.

"It was about one goal, whoever could score that first goal would have gone on to win the game."

Newport boss Justin Edinburgh admits his side started slowly.

"There were a lot of pleasing aspects of the game," he said. "That's back-to-back clean sheets. I thought our back four of Blake, Feely, Hughes and Naylor were immense.

"Unlike us we started slowly, but credit to Bury, they started really well. They're the first team to come here and put us on the back foot, certainly from the start of the game.

"Once we got ourselves a grip in the game we got much better. We took the game to them in the second half but couldn't get the goal.

"They had opportunities but we'll look at it as a point gained and take positives from claiming another clean sheet.

"Darcy Blake played well, but you can't overlook Kevin Feely. He was outstanding against Clive Platt who's an experienced pro and I don't think he missed a header or a tackle. Darcy looks a class act but young Kevin was brilliant."

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