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Norwich goal hero and manager heap praise on Bury performance
BURY’S never-say-die attitude was no surprise to Norwich goal hero Johan Elmander and manager Chris Hughton, who both tipped them to go from strength to strength.
Former Bolton Wanderers striker Elmander, on loan from Galatasaray, repaid the Bury boo boys with a two-goal blast on his Canaries debut – knocking them past his former Reebok team-mate Rob Lainton.
But the 32-year-old Swedish international had plenty of praise for the League Two minnows after they traded late blows with their Premier League opponents, scoring three goals in a frenetic final 20 minutes.
“To score two against my best friend Rob was very nice, but I think Bury played very, very good, I have to say,” he said.
“They had the speed and fight and everything. They were playing very, very good and think it was really strong of them that even though they were 3-0 down they kept on fighting.
“They almost came back into the game – not once, not twice but three times.”
Canaries boss Hughton put that spirit down to Shakers boss Kevin Blackwell, who he believes has got what it takes to drag Bury back up the leagues.
“They’ve got the right man to do it,” he said.
“Kevin’s done well. We’ve watched some of their games this season and they have had a decent start.
“I know him very well and I knew what he was taking on when he took the role, but so far he has done an excellent job.
“It’s very difficult when you have to bring in so many new players, to get them to gel, but he will do fine, Kevin.
“I’m delighted for him because, first and foremost, they have brought a very good crowd with them. It was a big night for Bury and I think they have come out of the night with a lot of credit.”
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