BURY captain Craig Jones was quick to apologise to the 75 fans who made the long trip down to Devon in midweek.
The Shakers conceded a stoppage-time goal to slump to a 2-1 defeat against League Two’s bottom-club Torquay United, and the 27-year-old midfielder is now eager to make amends.
Jones and his team-mates return to the JD Stadium tomorrow to take on mid-table Dagenham & Redbridge on a promise to right the wrongs of Tuesday night.
“It’s massive – that’s the good thing about football, you get the chance to put it right as soon as you can, so we will dust ourselves down and go again,” he said.
The Shakers skipper admitted the squad had fallen well below the standards they have set in recent weeks after falling to only their second defeat in 11 matches.
And after chairman Stewart Day forked out to fly the players and staff down to the Devon coast to aid their preparation, he accepted there were no excuses.
“He (the chairman) is treating us as a Championship team and we have let everybody at the club down, from the fans, staff and everybody involved, but we will try to put that right on Saturday,” said Jones, immediately after the 2-1 defeat at Torquay, when Bury failed to capitalise on a second-half equaliser from Clive Platt.
“When we got the goal back I thought there was only going to be one team that would go on and win the game.
“But we’ve got to learn quickly. We need to get more points on the board as quickly as we can.”
Bury go into tomorrow’s game at home to 11th-placed Dagenham without a win in their last five matches.
That run has seen them fall to 18th-place, but they retained a four-point gap above the drop zone after second-bottom Northampton Town, who have been resurgent under new boss Chris Wilder, also lost in midweek.
“It’s incredible how tight the table actually is when you look at it, but all we can do now is try to win our next game,” added Jones.
“I would be lying if I said we didn’t look out for other results, of course you do, but we can’t affect what anybody else does. All we can do is affect what we do and if we do the right things it (Bury’s league position) will take care of itself.”
Jones is fit for tomorrow’s game after returning at Torquay following three matches out with a hamstring strain.
Central midfielder Tommy Miller is also expected to return after missing the last two matches with a thigh strain and ankle knock, but Tom Soares is a doubt after limping off with a possible hamstring problem on Tuesday night.