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JAMIE HOYLAND: A good result would improve the mood
11:00pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in Sport
THERE is no doubt the fans have every right to complain, as the last three matches I have been to have not been good.
Bury failed to muster a shot on target on Saturday and I think it is that lack of adventure that is really starting to get to the supporters.
They seemed to be really upset with the decision to take off lone striker Anton Forrester in what was a like-for-like switch – that is when all of the chants against the manager started.
You can understand them venting their anger because they want change – in performances as well as results – but things just don’t seem to be heading that way.
I thought Bury played some pretty good stuff in the opening 20 minutes and looked in control, but, when they failed to take their chances, Newport County seized on that and really went for it.
The game was crying out for someone to take it by the scruff of the neck, but nobody took the responsibility.
As a result, they missed a great opportunity to earn a valuable three points, especially with in-form Morecambe up next at Gigg Lane.
In a funny way, that could work in Bury’s favour.
Morecambe will be favourites as they go into the game on the back of a great win against league leaders Chesterfield.
Just imagine the boost in confidence a victory for the Shakers would bring.
All of a sudden, rather than talking about no wins in seven, people will be highlighting the fact Bury have not been beaten at home since the opening day of the season – against Chesterfield.
It is obvious that players are lacking confidence because they are passing up good opportunities to shoot, but one good win and the confidence will surge back into the team.
Kevin Blackwell made five changes on Saturday in a bid to shake things up a bit after the defeat at Dagenham.
And while I don’t think he can afford to continually change his side around – there should be a bit more stability this far into the season – I thought the players he brought in did well.
Young Jordan Mustoe gave the team attacking threat as well as being steady in defence at left-back, while Marco Navas had a decent debut.
It is also clear that, while Kevin may still be changing players around the edges of the team, he now has a spine of six he is settled on.
Brian Jensen has been given the nod following Trevor Carson’s departure, while the two centre-backs (William Edjenguele and Nathan Cameron), the two centre-midfielders (Andy Procter and Tommy Miller) and the striker (Anton Forrester) look to be nailed on.
After decent performances from Mustoe and Jensen, it looks like there could be the makings of a settled back four as well.
And you never know, Saturday’s clean sheet could be the catalyst they need.
Another one against Morecambe and maybe a goal out of nowhere could be all it takes to get Bury’s season up and running.
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