Shakers play their part in 'great advert' for League One

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SHAKERS boss Kevin Blackwell had only praise for his side after Cherries striker Brett Pitman came off the bench to grab an injury-time leveller.

A win would have lifted the Gigg Lane side out of the relegation zone, but, far from being disappointed, the Bury manager described the clash as “a great advert for League One football”.

That Bury’s players were bemoaning a failure to defeat the club with the largest and most expensive squad in the division and who are now unbeaten in 10 matches, speaks volumes for how far the Gigg Lane men have come since they were adrift at the foot of the table several weeks ago.

Of the four goals, Bury’s opener on 15 minutes was by far the best. Peter Sweeney, in for the injured captain Steven Schumacher, slipped a superb pass inside the Bournemouth left-back, Charlie Daniels, to free Matt Doherty down the Bury right.

His inch-perfect cross was met at the near post by Troy Hewitt who gave former England goalkeeper David James no chance from close range.

The Shakers continued to boss the first half and might have stretched their lead, but 42-year-old James showed his pedigree when he turned Sweeney’s 29th-minute free kick round the post.

The visitors predictably came out for the second half all guns blazing and were briefly awarded a 53rd-minute penalty after referee Carl Boyeson adjudged Doherty had handled the ball at the back post.

But, after protests from Bury, Mr Boyeson consulted his linesman and awarded a corner instead.

“I’ve got to praise the referee,” said Blackwell. “There have been many times when referees have been so arrogant and think that if they are seen to change their mind, it’s a sign of weakness. “But, to be fair to him, he spoke to his assistant, and they agreed Doherty had headed the ball out.”

Bournemouth, however, did not have to wait long for a deserved equaliser. Daniels raided down the right and Lewis Grabban was there for a neat finish.

Although the south coast men penned Bury back, the hosts always looked a threat on the break, and so it proved 13 minutes from time when David Worrall capitalised on a James error to restore the Shakers lead.

The pacey Worrall followed in his long-range shot, which was blocked in the penalty area. James advanced to collect the ball, but Worrall beat him to it and clipped it past the veteran keeper into the empty net.

Bournemouth’s undefeated run looked at risk, but deep into injury time substitute Pitman, who returned to the Cherries this week after an unhappy spell at Bristol City, dispossessed Ethan Ebanks-Landell on the edge of his own area before curling the ball inside Trevor Carson’s far post.

Former Bury man Mark Pugh might have grabbed a winner for Bournemouth even after that, but his 25-yard shot came back off the crossbar.

“It was a great advert for League One football,” said Blackwell. “An absolutely corking game, and I am so proud of my players.”

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2:57pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Eileenshakers says...

A fine advertisement for league 1 football.Now where have i heard that saying before?.

Ah yes Seth Bennett on The football league show on saturday night/sunday morning.

He does get about doesn't he commentating on all of those games?.

I was left feeling bitterly disappointed with the outcome of this match.

Yes Bournemouth are a wealthy and prosperous league one club but we should have beaten them.

In April they dominated us but we boxed clever and nicked the 3 points.

Ethan Ebanks - Landell has now cost us 2 points and has made 2 bad mistakes,Sodge needs to come back in to the team or at least for the last 20 minutes if we are winning..

I don't quite understand why it is we are conceeding so many goals in injury time this season.

When the board goes up the panic sets in with our players.

That's 3 times we have chucked away winning positions and drawn this season.

6 times we have now conceeded in injury time.

The players need to start closing the game down,stop the runners,spot the danger before it happens.Too many are switching off.

This is nothing to do with bad luck.I can't fault their effort in the past 6 weeks that Kev has been in charge.

However if we want to go where we need to be then more professionalism is required.

Schuey wasn't missed as much as i thought he would have been,well played Sweeney.

Prediction for the cup game a narrow win and possibly Shrimps for breakfast come sunday morning.
A fine advertisement for league 1 football.Now where have i heard that saying before?. Ah yes Seth Bennett on The football league show on saturday night/sunday morning. He does get about doesn't he commentating on all of those games?. I was left feeling bitterly disappointed with the outcome of this match. Yes Bournemouth are a wealthy and prosperous league one club but we should have beaten them. In April they dominated us but we boxed clever and nicked the 3 points. Ethan Ebanks - Landell has now cost us 2 points and has made 2 bad mistakes,Sodge needs to come back in to the team or at least for the last 20 minutes if we are winning.. I don't quite understand why it is we are conceeding so many goals in injury time this season. When the board goes up the panic sets in with our players. That's 3 times we have chucked away winning positions and drawn this season. 6 times we have now conceeded in injury time. The players need to start closing the game down,stop the runners,spot the danger before it happens.Too many are switching off. This is nothing to do with bad luck.I can't fault their effort in the past 6 weeks that Kev has been in charge. However if we want to go where we need to be then more professionalism is required. Schuey wasn't missed as much as i thought he would have been,well played Sweeney. Prediction for the cup game a narrow win and possibly Shrimps for breakfast come sunday morning. Eileenshakers
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10:52pm Mon 26 Nov 12

easylife44 says...

Great game, well stated by KB and how far we have come from the MK Dons game and the horror show against Preston.
Playing this well against a very obvious confident Bournemouth Side who are unbeaten in many a game shows us how KB has the dressing room...

Yes, late goals are a problem, but with now 19 points on the board and looking upwards--this can be dealt with.

Prediction----3-0 against Southend.
Great game, well stated by KB and how far we have come from the MK Dons game and the horror show against Preston. Playing this well against a very obvious confident Bournemouth Side who are unbeaten in many a game shows us how KB has the dressing room... Yes, late goals are a problem, but with now 19 points on the board and looking upwards--this can be dealt with. Prediction----3-0 against Southend. easylife44
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8:08am Tue 27 Nov 12

shakencity says...

Tbh, i thought it was a classic game of 2 halves (if you know what i mean). We should have gone in 2 clear at the break, but they (imo) deservedly got something out of the game it in the 2nd.

Agree with Eileen, Sodje has to come back in, Ebanks Landell looks far too slow and seems to mis-read the flight of the ball alot....which isn't good when you're a CB. I wasn't too impressed with Soares on the left either, lost count of the number of times he mis-controlled it/gave it away. If Wylde is fit, and is allowed to play this weekend, then it's a straight swap for me.
Thompson isn't good enough either, he's not impressed me one iota.....Schumacher and Sweeney in the middle for me, end of.

I too think we'll win against Southend, but knowing our luck we'll probably get Gillingham or Southampton away (or somebody else 3million miles away) in the 3rd round.
Tbh, i thought it was a classic game of 2 halves (if you know what i mean). We should have gone in 2 clear at the break, but they (imo) deservedly got something out of the game it in the 2nd. Agree with Eileen, Sodje has to come back in, Ebanks Landell looks far too slow and seems to mis-read the flight of the ball alot....which isn't good when you're a CB. I wasn't too impressed with Soares on the left either, lost count of the number of times he mis-controlled it/gave it away. If Wylde is fit, and is allowed to play this weekend, then it's a straight swap for me. Thompson isn't good enough either, he's not impressed me one iota.....Schumacher and Sweeney in the middle for me, end of. I too think we'll win against Southend, but knowing our luck we'll probably get Gillingham or Southampton away (or somebody else 3million miles away) in the 3rd round. shakencity
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9:40pm Tue 27 Nov 12

easylife44 says...

Hope it is not a draw and we are travellin' south for a bloody cold and long night in Southend!!

I say if we win, an away match at Newcastle or UTD for the crowds or QPR/Villa so we can Giant Kill.
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Hope it is not a draw and we are travellin' south for a bloody cold and long night in Southend!! I say if we win, an away match at Newcastle or UTD for the crowds or QPR/Villa so we can Giant Kill. ## easylife44
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