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David Flitcroft lauds departing Brian Jensen

3 May 2014

Bury boss David Flitcroft was full of praise for veteran keeper Brian Jensen in his final appearance, despite releasing him in midweek.

The former Burnley keeper was the Shakers' star man in the 0-0 draw with Morecambe after he pulled off a number of fine saves to earn his side a point.

Jensen was this week told he would not be offered a new deal at the JD Stadium, and Flitcroft said: "It has been an emotional week, I must admit, and it was a tough decision to release Brian.

"He had a great game and it was only right that he could say goodbye to the fans and sign off with such a good performance.

"He is a great goalkeeper with two or three years at least left in him and I knew he would be professional right to the end.

"It was a hard decision to release someone as good as him but I have a different style of keeper in mind for next season and that was behind the decision.

"I decided to do things a bit differently and announce who I was releasing early and most of those didn't travel, but I couldn't do that with Brian and I wish him well.''

Jensen made superb saves from Andy Fleming and Kevin Ellison with Bury's only effort of note being a Danny Mayor shot that he lifted over the crossbar from close range.

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley said Jensen was the man who stood between his side and three points.

He said: "We always looked the better side and I think if anyone was going to win it it was us.

"But Jensen made some great saves and we should have perhaps made some better decisions at times and had to settle for the point.''

Bentley added: "Although there were no goals in the end I thought it was a good game with plenty to talk about.

"We played some really good stuff at times and defended really well against a good side and we were worthy of the point.''


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