LEE Clark was left with mixed feelings after Bury lost 3-1 to Premier League side Huddersfield at Gigg Lane.

The Geordie was pleased with the performance of majority of his players as they matched the Terriers for the opening 60 minutes.

Jermaine Beckford scored his first goal for the club two minutes into the second half but goals from Steve Mounie, Tom Ince and Collin Quaner flipped the game on its head.

Clark criticised the commitment of some of his substitutes, namely winger Danny Mayor, who is still struggling to overcome a pelvic injury, as the Shakers let slip a one-goal lead.

“It was very similar to the Sunderland friendly,” Clark said. “There were some real good points and some not so good points.

“The problem you have got in these pre-season games when there is a raft of changes from both sides is that you lose the rhythm of the game and the momentum comes out of the game.

“I’m getting lots players giving us selection headaches. On the other hand we want one or two others to step up to the plate.

“Danny (Mayor) needs to do a bit more work. When we talk about passengers, in the last 30 minutes of the game, we had one or two. When you’re playing against a Premier League team you get picked off and punished.”

Clark is keen to imprint a high-pressing, high-intensity style to his Bury side this year.

And the Shakers did well to keep the Terriers at bay in the first half.

Although creating limited chances themselves, the hosts held their shape well and gave away only one real chance which Joe Murphy kept out with a fine save.

Beckford clinically struck after the break, but when Clark made eight changes and gaps began to appear.

“It’s quite simple,” Clark added. “We are going to be playing front-foot football, in your face. We don’t want the opponents to play on the ball.

“If you’re a pressing team and you have one player not doing it, it’s like dominoes, that one hits the next one and they all just fall down.

“If you have one player switching off you’re not going to be successful.

“I wanted the team to be tested physically, that’s why I picked these types of games. There are a lot of times without the ball we have to be right tactically.

“All in all there were some good things to take out of the game, some good individual performances and some not so good.”

Bury were without striker Nicky Ajose, who signed on loan from Charlton this week, and Clark confirmed he was carrying a thigh injury but should be fit to play a part in Tuesday’s trip to Macclesfield.

One positive was that Nathan Cameron returned for his first start in 11 months, while 17-year-old Ryan Cooney made his first-team debut at left-back, replacing Greg Leigh after 60 minutes.