Bury's best players need more help - Blackwell

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KEVIN Blackwell has vowed to right the wrongs of the summer by bringing in the quality of players he believes the squad needs to move Bury on to the next level.

The new manager was damning of the standard of signings made in the close season after the Shakers suffered the worst possible start to his first home game in charge.

Swindon striker James Collins scored a fluke opener inside the opening 30 seconds – his cross-shot deceiving Trevor Carson to fly into the top corner.

And, while Bury did not capitulate – as they had done in their last home match against MK Dons – they failed to muster a single shot on target in what was their fourth consecutive defeat at Gigg Lane.

The result left them six points from safety at the foot of League One and still searching for their first win of the campaign.

“I said to the players ‘you can go home and take a good look at yourself because I’m not going to accept it’,” said Blackwell.

“And I’ve just said to the board we need to change players and some players will have to come in.

“Some of the players in there are good players and they need some help. I think that we as a club, with some of the poor signings or the wrong type of signings, have let them down.

“But I think certain players will actually improve if I can get better players around them.” Blackwell moved quickly in his first week in charge to bolster his defence and new signing Matt Doherty enjoyed a decent start to his loan spell at Gigg Lane.

The 20-year-old Wolves defender started at right-back in place of Andrai Jones and made a brave block from Federico Bessone to deny Swindon a second goal late in the first half.

The Bury manager will now presumably turn his thoughts to improving his side’s attacking potential.

David Healy had the Shakers’ best opportunity in the 10th minute, but he dwelt on his shot long enough for Jay McEveley to charge it down.

Bury applied plenty of pressure in the remainder of the half, but, other than a series of dangerous corners that Swindon struggled to clear, they failed to ask any serious questions and ran out of steam and ideas after the break.

Swindon could have gone on to score more, but substitute Adam Rooney wasted a hat-trick of chances and had one effort blocked on the line by Shakers centre-back Mark Hughes.

Blackwell’s options to change the game from the bench were limited, with David Worrall missing with tonsillitis and Andy Bishop waiting on international clearance to return early from his loan spell at Wrexham.

But the Bury boss was at least happy with the spirit his side showed to keep going.

“What I’ve seen is a real tenacity from the players not to give in and, at 1-0 down after 30 seconds, they easily could have caved in but they didn’t. They created some chances but were not good enough – we didn’t work their goalkeeper enough. But if they show me that attitude and commitment and we can help them by signing one or two good players then I’m confident we will be okay.”

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8:42pm Sun 7 Oct 12

nomoresurfin says...

Spot on Kevin,players like Lockwood & Healy are light years away from the standard needed to play in league one.Other players like Andrai Jones,Picken and Carrington shouldn't have been offered new contracts,the board were just as culpable as those clowns Barker and Shirtliff.When i heard that the fat loafer Healy had been recalled into the Northern Ireland squad i was astonished,was Roy "Carchphrase" Walker not available?
Spot on Kevin,players like Lockwood & Healy are light years away from the standard needed to play in league one.Other players like Andrai Jones,Picken and Carrington shouldn't have been offered new contracts,the board were just as culpable as those clowns Barker and Shirtliff.When i heard that the fat loafer Healy had been recalled into the Northern Ireland squad i was astonished,was Roy "Carchphrase" Walker not available? nomoresurfin
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2:33am Mon 8 Oct 12

easylife44 says...

Harsh real comments from the boss. GREAT!
Now we are dealing in reality. Good job boss.....
Harsh real comments from the boss. GREAT! Now we are dealing in reality. Good job boss..... easylife44
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11:49am Mon 8 Oct 12

andremesio says...

For too long we have just been sitting back, whilst all the other clubs in the league have been moving forward..... I watched the Blackwell interview on the Shakers player and was most impressed at what he was saying - This reality check is exactly what the board needs if Bury are to survive in league one.
For too long we have just been sitting back, whilst all the other clubs in the league have been moving forward..... I watched the Blackwell interview on the Shakers player and was most impressed at what he was saying - This reality check is exactly what the board needs if Bury are to survive in league one. andremesio
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11:51am Mon 8 Oct 12

andremesio says...

nomoresurfin wrote:
Spot on Kevin,players like Lockwood & Healy are light years away from the standard needed to play in league one.Other players like Andrai Jones,Picken and Carrington shouldn't have been offered new contracts,the board were just as culpable as those clowns Barker and Shirtliff.When i heard that the fat loafer Healy had been recalled into the Northern Ireland squad i was astonished,was Roy "Carchphrase" Walker not available?
I thought Healy looked to be about 2stone lighter than when we signed him, and he did a good job on Saturday.
[quote][p][bold]nomoresurfin[/bold] wrote: Spot on Kevin,players like Lockwood & Healy are light years away from the standard needed to play in league one.Other players like Andrai Jones,Picken and Carrington shouldn't have been offered new contracts,the board were just as culpable as those clowns Barker and Shirtliff.When i heard that the fat loafer Healy had been recalled into the Northern Ireland squad i was astonished,was Roy "Carchphrase" Walker not available?[/p][/quote]I thought Healy looked to be about 2stone lighter than when we signed him, and he did a good job on Saturday. andremesio
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12:57pm Mon 8 Oct 12

Eileenshakers says...

I agree with KB's assessment on the previous managements signings of some pretty average players.
Surely we could have done better than to sign league 2 players at best cast offs.
I still say that some of the team have stayed beyond their usefulness though.I'm going to name call but we all know who they are.
A massive overhaul of the tiny squad needs to be addressed before January.If we go down then we have to think of the tv revenue that we will lose against how much the board need to spend by keeping us up with bold choices.A few home truths never hurt anyone with pride,honesty,ambiti
on,desire and overall commitment.
I agree with KB's assessment on the previous managements signings of some pretty average players. Surely we could have done better than to sign league 2 players at best cast offs. I still say that some of the team have stayed beyond their usefulness though.I'm going to name call but we all know who they are. A massive overhaul of the tiny squad needs to be addressed before January.If we go down then we have to think of the tv revenue that we will lose against how much the board need to spend by keeping us up with bold choices.A few home truths never hurt anyone with pride,honesty,ambiti on,desire and overall commitment. Eileenshakers
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6:18pm Mon 8 Oct 12

nomoresurfin says...

andremesio I bow to your judgement that the corpulent waster Healy looks two stones lighter than when we signed him,I didn't see his debut at Coventry and have thus only had to suffer watching his pitiful displays on three occasions.I would estimate that he's still about two stones overweight,so if your reckoning is right he was 4 stones overweight when we signed him.Had no one at the club seen him play in the last five years? The guy has been stealing a living for at least that long and i would be amazed if Blackwell wasn't thinking of him when he mentioned "garbage signings" We were told in the summer that the club couldn't compete with other clubs to match the wages of the likes of Clarke,Grella,Nardie
llo & Adams,yet we brought in a waste of space like Healy on top wages,possibly more than any of the above are now earning,why?You thought Healy did a good job on Saturday,I thought he was an embarrassment to the club,the game and above all,himself.
andremesio I bow to your judgement that the corpulent waster Healy looks two stones lighter than when we signed him,I didn't see his debut at Coventry and have thus only had to suffer watching his pitiful displays on three occasions.I would estimate that he's still about two stones overweight,so if your reckoning is right he was 4 stones overweight when we signed him.Had no one at the club seen him play in the last five years? The guy has been stealing a living for at least that long and i would be amazed if Blackwell wasn't thinking of him when he mentioned "garbage signings" We were told in the summer that the club couldn't compete with other clubs to match the wages of the likes of Clarke,Grella,Nardie llo & Adams,yet we brought in a waste of space like Healy on top wages,possibly more than any of the above are now earning,why?You thought Healy did a good job on Saturday,I thought he was an embarrassment to the club,the game and above all,himself. nomoresurfin
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1:13pm Tue 9 Oct 12

Andy-bucketeer says...

nomoresurfin wrote:
Spot on Kevin,players like Lockwood & Healy are light years away from the standard needed to play in league one.Other players like Andrai Jones,Picken and Carrington shouldn't have been offered new contracts,the board were just as culpable as those clowns Barker and Shirtliff.When i heard that the fat loafer Healy had been recalled into the Northern Ireland squad i was astonished,was Roy "Carchphrase" Walker not available?
I have to disagree with harsh comments about Carrington not being offered a new contract, he is by far the best midfielder this season. Schuey couldnt hit a barn door with his passing this season and for some unknown reason Sweeney has been given a wingers role something which he definately is not.

Andrai Jones is a good strong tackling defender who would be better suited learning a more central role rather than trying to be a passing full back.

Phil Picken needs to learn to tackle and positional play to be a full-back not up to league 1 standard.

David Healy will soon be match fit and will show his goal scoring potential given that we can actively do something that we rarely manage and get decent balls into the box for him.

Marshall waste of space not good enough for Rotherham who loaned him out Macc and even as a Conference side didnt offer a contract to him that says it all about him. Yes he is fast but how did he stay on the pitch on Saturday after constantly running into their defenders losing the ball to easily and if he managed to keep the ball and put a cross in were they effective NO poor signing definate waste of a contract
[quote][p][bold]nomoresurfin[/bold] wrote: Spot on Kevin,players like Lockwood & Healy are light years away from the standard needed to play in league one.Other players like Andrai Jones,Picken and Carrington shouldn't have been offered new contracts,the board were just as culpable as those clowns Barker and Shirtliff.When i heard that the fat loafer Healy had been recalled into the Northern Ireland squad i was astonished,was Roy "Carchphrase" Walker not available?[/p][/quote]I have to disagree with harsh comments about Carrington not being offered a new contract, he is by far the best midfielder this season. Schuey couldnt hit a barn door with his passing this season and for some unknown reason Sweeney has been given a wingers role something which he definately is not. Andrai Jones is a good strong tackling defender who would be better suited learning a more central role rather than trying to be a passing full back. Phil Picken needs to learn to tackle and positional play to be a full-back not up to league 1 standard. David Healy will soon be match fit and will show his goal scoring potential given that we can actively do something that we rarely manage and get decent balls into the box for him. Marshall waste of space not good enough for Rotherham who loaned him out Macc and even as a Conference side didnt offer a contract to him that says it all about him. Yes he is fast but how did he stay on the pitch on Saturday after constantly running into their defenders losing the ball to easily and if he managed to keep the ball and put a cross in were they effective NO poor signing definate waste of a contract Andy-bucketeer
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10:15pm Tue 9 Oct 12

easylife44 says...

Great comments above.
Hmmm.. I wonder if Barker bought in the summer signngs knowing he was going to bolt.....!!
Just me being paranoid!!
Great comments above. Hmmm.. I wonder if Barker bought in the summer signngs knowing he was going to bolt.....!! Just me being paranoid!! easylife44
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10:34pm Tue 9 Oct 12

easylife44 says...

FROM THE "MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS.
quote--“Some of the signings here are garbage,” said the new Bury boss. “We’ve got to crack on and accept things aren’t right.

“The jury’s out on a few players, and let me tell you, this judge makes decisions very quickly!

“If I could shift them tomorrow, they’d be gone. I’ve told the players ‘if they think that’s good enough for Bury FC, you’re sadly mistaken

WELL SAID BOSS!!! GO GET 'EM!!!
FROM THE "MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS. quote--“Some of the signings here are garbage,” said the new Bury boss. “We’ve got to crack on and accept things aren’t right. “The jury’s out on a few players, and let me tell you, this judge makes decisions very quickly! “If I could shift them tomorrow, they’d be gone. I’ve told the players ‘if they think that’s good enough for Bury FC, you’re sadly mistaken WELL SAID BOSS!!! GO GET 'EM!!! easylife44
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1:52pm Wed 10 Oct 12

Eileenshakers says...

Easylife i had exactly the same thought as you that Barks wasn't bothered about who he signed he knew his time was up at our club.I think KB will fix the issues but in all honesty how have we become such a poor side overnight?.

It was great to win in the Emulsion cup and paint the town blue and white.
However i stil think there are way too many under parr performances this season and certainly a lack of motivation

".Good players make their own decisions and interact in a team"League 2 players don't and need constant berating from their manager to make the right choices.

This is why we have had so many sub standard results this season.
It's simple really "REPLACE EVERY BAD PLAYER WITH A GOOD PLAYER".Soon enough the balance of probability is that we will win a league 1 game.

I do hope the lads have read Richie's article where he criticises KB in THIS IS CRAWLEY sport's section.Poor old Richie he had us finished 12th ot 14th in his comments.C'mon lads let's have a repeat of the Scunny performance and result on Saturday a 3-1 win will do nicely.
Easylife i had exactly the same thought as you that Barks wasn't bothered about who he signed he knew his time was up at our club.I think KB will fix the issues but in all honesty how have we become such a poor side overnight?. It was great to win in the Emulsion cup and paint the town blue and white. However i stil think there are way too many under parr performances this season and certainly a lack of motivation ".Good players make their own decisions and interact in a team"League 2 players don't and need constant berating from their manager to make the right choices. This is why we have had so many sub standard results this season. It's simple really "REPLACE EVERY BAD PLAYER WITH A GOOD PLAYER".Soon enough the balance of probability is that we will win a league 1 game. I do hope the lads have read Richie's article where he criticises KB in THIS IS CRAWLEY sport's section.Poor old Richie he had us finished 12th ot 14th in his comments.C'mon lads let's have a repeat of the Scunny performance and result on Saturday a 3-1 win will do nicely. Eileenshakers
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