Shaun Harrad is raring to go after ending Bury goal drought

BURY striker Shaun Harrad admitted his sense of relief at ending the longest barren spell of his career was muted by Tuesday night’s cup exit.

The 28-year-old frontman headed the Shakers level at the Abbey Stadium before non-league Cambridge United clinched the FA Cup replay with a late winner.

It was a bitter pill for the ex-Northampton Town forward to swallow after finding the net for first time in 15 matches and only the fourth time in three seasons at the club.

But he now hopes to lift the gloom by hitting the goal trail, starting with the visit of his former club, Northampton, at the JD Stadium on Saturday week.

“I’ll take heart from that goal and hopefully there’s more to come,” he said.

“Nobody has ever questioned my commitment, but my goals per game, I hold my hands up, that’s my job.

“I’ve got that monkey off my back now. To be honest, I think it was probably the longest spell in my career where I hadn’t scored.

“I think it was seven or eight starts without a goal. That’s out of the way so now I’ll look upwards.”

Harrad has endured a few false dawns at Bury since his arrival in August, 2011, going out on loan to Rotherham United and Cheltenham Town after failing to nail down a place in the starting line-up.

The Irish striker now finds himself behind Danny Hylton and Danny Nardiello, who was unavailable for the FA Cup tie and will probably replace him in the next match.

But, even if he has to extend his scoring run from the bench, Harrad believes he is ready to prove his worth.

And he reckons Bury, who are 20th in League Two, have more than enough quality to now rise up the table, if they can cut out the mistakes which again saw them concede from a late corner on Tuesday night.

“The lads are devastated,” he said. “

Tom Soares has held up his hand because another individual error (losing his marker) at a set-piece has cost us.

“But, on paper, we’ve got a very good squad and there’s nothing in League Two to be scared of.

“If we turn those chances into goals and stop conceding from set-pieces we’ll be fine.”

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8:27am Thu 5 Dec 13

Lisasmit says...

Sadly, this lot are not good enough to wear the shirt and rank for me amongst the worst Bury team I have seen in 50 years... Perhaps only a team under Jim Iley and one more recently with Casper was worse....but those teams showed more commitment to the cause...
I don't mind losing, if I did I would have been off to City or United along time ago. But where is the commitment and fitness. Where is the tackling back when we don't have the ball......

Cobblers! here they come
Sadly, this lot are not good enough to wear the shirt and rank for me amongst the worst Bury team I have seen in 50 years... Perhaps only a team under Jim Iley and one more recently with Casper was worse....but those teams showed more commitment to the cause... I don't mind losing, if I did I would have been off to City or United along time ago. But where is the commitment and fitness. Where is the tackling back when we don't have the ball...... Cobblers! here they come Lisasmit

9:28am Thu 5 Dec 13

Lisasmit says...

Well done Shaun. Now get training in front of that barn door.
Well done Shaun. Now get training in front of that barn door. Lisasmit

10:09am Thu 5 Dec 13

RONNIEJAWS says...

It's been a rocky, bumpy, uneven road since Harrad came to Bury. The club invested what they could afford and spare from the sale money we got for Lowe on him. He is at the prime age for a Striker. We should be expecting to get 3 or 4 years of the best he can ever perform in his pro career now. Please Mr. Harrad decline any comment back to any member of the press. There are many fans who think you are a waste of time by now. Just focus on one thing only and do the 'business'. Win over the nay-sayers, and in turn that will help the club. Plus I am sure, it will make you feel vastly better inside yourself than you probably have feeling and showing for a long time. You've scored goals before, so now get back into the saddle and just do your thing. Nothing will shut up a few better than a scoring run. Stop overthinking stuff. Just get on the field and say to yourself we are going to win, I refuse to lose, or have you stop me scoring!! Come back and talk again to the press in May when you've bagged 20+ goals and tell them what it was you did or changed that turned the season around for you. For gods sake don't wait on the board's new manager selection or any other sidetracks. Just be ruthless and clinical and do 'the business'.
It's been a rocky, bumpy, uneven road since Harrad came to Bury. The club invested what they could afford and spare from the sale money we got for Lowe on him. He is at the prime age for a Striker. We should be expecting to get 3 or 4 years of the best he can ever perform in his pro career now. Please Mr. Harrad decline any comment back to any member of the press. There are many fans who think you are a waste of time by now. Just focus on one thing only and do the 'business'. Win over the nay-sayers, and in turn that will help the club. Plus I am sure, it will make you feel vastly better inside yourself than you probably have feeling and showing for a long time. You've scored goals before, so now get back into the saddle and just do your thing. Nothing will shut up a few better than a scoring run. Stop overthinking stuff. Just get on the field and say to yourself we are going to win, I refuse to lose, or have you stop me scoring!! Come back and talk again to the press in May when you've bagged 20+ goals and tell them what it was you did or changed that turned the season around for you. For gods sake don't wait on the board's new manager selection or any other sidetracks. Just be ruthless and clinical and do 'the business'. RONNIEJAWS

2:58pm Thu 5 Dec 13

easylife44 says...

Wow, he scored against a non-leage team and now he's alan shearer? Please, turn off the tap Shaun....you did not perform at Chelty last year, you have never performed at Bury FC and now you come out with a statement that any politician would be proud of!

We will limp towards January and then see what happens. Hopefully, we can keep Nards and capture a good strike partner in the window. As for Tom Soares, he is way off like last month's fried egg.

Northampton up Next. No push over I am sure.
Wow, he scored against a non-leage team and now he's alan shearer? Please, turn off the tap Shaun....you did not perform at Chelty last year, you have never performed at Bury FC and now you come out with a statement that any politician would be proud of! We will limp towards January and then see what happens. Hopefully, we can keep Nards and capture a good strike partner in the window. As for Tom Soares, he is way off like last month's fried egg. Northampton up Next. No push over I am sure. easylife44

3:14pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Ex Pat of Bury says...

RARING TO GO ------ Eh??, oh yes i see what he means,he is thinking about January Transfer window,not good enough never has been and if he scores again before January then that can only be good for both the club and the player,hopefully ponts for Bury and a new club for Harrad.He has had his many chances to just put just a few in that very big onion bag.JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH.
RARING TO GO ------ Eh??, oh yes i see what he means,he is thinking about January Transfer window,not good enough never has been and if he scores again before January then that can only be good for both the club and the player,hopefully ponts for Bury and a new club for Harrad.He has had his many chances to just put just a few in that very big onion bag.JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH. Ex Pat of Bury

9:26pm Thu 5 Dec 13

easylife44 says...

Ex Pat of Bury wrote:
RARING TO GO ------ Eh??, oh yes i see what he means,he is thinking about January Transfer window,not good enough never has been and if he scores again before January then that can only be good for both the club and the player,hopefully ponts for Bury and a new club for Harrad.He has had his many chances to just put just a few in that very big onion bag.JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH.
Well Said!!!!
Some may say "Negative" I say "Reality".
[quote][p][bold]Ex Pat of Bury[/bold] wrote: RARING TO GO ------ Eh??, oh yes i see what he means,he is thinking about January Transfer window,not good enough never has been and if he scores again before January then that can only be good for both the club and the player,hopefully ponts for Bury and a new club for Harrad.He has had his many chances to just put just a few in that very big onion bag.JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH.[/p][/quote]Well Said!!!! Some may say "Negative" I say "Reality". easylife44

9:24pm Fri 6 Dec 13

RONNIEJAWS says...

When Soares scored his goal a few games back he also opened that big hole at the front of the face making statements about scoring more goals. And what happened????? There are very few sports and very few athletes in sports that I am interested in what they have to say! I am only interested in the thing they are supposed to be good at, THE SPORT ITSELF. 90% of the rest of them I just wish they would shut up and spare us their drivel the press seems to think we want to hear!!!!
When Soares scored his goal a few games back he also opened that big hole at the front of the face making statements about scoring more goals. And what happened????? There are very few sports and very few athletes in sports that I am interested in what they have to say! I am only interested in the thing they are supposed to be good at, THE SPORT ITSELF. 90% of the rest of them I just wish they would shut up and spare us their drivel the press seems to think we want to hear!!!! RONNIEJAWS

5:23pm Mon 9 Dec 13

easylife44 says...

RONNIEJAWS wrote:
When Soares scored his goal a few games back he also opened that big hole at the front of the face making statements about scoring more goals. And what happened????? There are very few sports and very few athletes in sports that I am interested in what they have to say! I am only interested in the thing they are supposed to be good at, THE SPORT ITSELF. 90% of the rest of them I just wish they would shut up and spare us their drivel the press seems to think we want to hear!!!!
Agreed. Nards has put the goals in the onion bag and we have not heard much from him....let the action do the talking.
Well done Nards!!
[quote][p][bold]RONNIEJAWS[/bold] wrote: When Soares scored his goal a few games back he also opened that big hole at the front of the face making statements about scoring more goals. And what happened????? There are very few sports and very few athletes in sports that I am interested in what they have to say! I am only interested in the thing they are supposed to be good at, THE SPORT ITSELF. 90% of the rest of them I just wish they would shut up and spare us their drivel the press seems to think we want to hear!!!![/p][/quote]Agreed. Nards has put the goals in the onion bag and we have not heard much from him....let the action do the talking. Well done Nards!! easylife44

6:23pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Eileenshakers says...

I want to see less talking from the players and more action on the field of play under the new manager the modern day players are too distracted with their gadgets and music never mind their over inflated egos.
I want to see less talking from the players and more action on the field of play under the new manager the modern day players are too distracted with their gadgets and music never mind their over inflated egos. Eileenshakers

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