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'Fine lines' frustrate Bury manager David Flitcroft

22 March 2014

Bury boss David Flitcroft said his side were unlucky not to score five despite drawing 1-1 with Dagenham and Redbridge.

On-loan defender Chris Hussey had given the Shakers the lead on his full debut, but Flitcroft's side were pegged back by Luke Norris.

Dagenham goalkeeper Chris Lewington made two crucial saves from Clive Platt, while Andy Procter hit the crossbar as Bury were denied victory.

Flitcroft said: "I found out a bit more about my team. We had to play a certain way, with a tempo against a very good team, a potent team offensively.

"Going forward there was force and fury but, again, we created chances and haven't really finished them off.

"The keeper made a couple of very good saves, but to win football matches, you've got to score at important times.

"At 2-0 they would've been dead and buried.

"But we played with energy and purpose. On another day, I genuinely think we could've scored three, four or five goals.

"It's fine lines we're dealing with.

"We've stuck to a gameplan and a task. The boys showed an energy and a desire to win the football match and although we didn't do that, we didn't lose it.

"There's going to be a lot more twists and turns this season, but we're genuinely focused on ourselves."

The game was an open affair throughout, Bury midfielder Craig Jones and Daggers striker Medy Elito both wasting golden opportunities early on.

Visiting goalkeeper Lewington rushed out to make a superb block from Platt at point-blank range to keep it scoreless at the break.

On-loan Burton defender Hussey finally broke the deadlock in the 60th minute, receiving the reverse pass from Danny Mayor to finish at the near post.

Lewington then made a stunning one-handed save from Platt before Norris levelled, beating a couple of challenges to curl home in the 67th minute.

Dagenham boss Wayne Burnett said: "I think it could've gone either way.

"We had some chances and they certainly had some chances, but a draw was probably a fair result.

"I think Flicker (Flitcroft) has done a fantastic job at Bury since taking over and we saw two teams really try to win the match and put on a good spectacle.

"My players have done unbelievably well. We've had a lot of games, a lot of away games and a lot of travelling and we looked tired in the end.

"But we managed to stay strong and we were resilient, so fair play to the players.

"It was a fantastic goal from Luke too. He's still a young boy learning his trade, but he can score goals.

"He glided past a couple of people and produced a fantastic finish into the corner.

"He's got that in him, but I've been more impressed with his work-rate.

"He's worked hard since getting in the team and that's his reward."


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