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JAMIE HOYLAND: Winning away is key to home form
1:00pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in Shakers Updates
YOU can sense the frustration at the moment, with results not going the Shakers’ way over the last few weeks after encouraging home wins against Accrington, Cheltenham and, of course, that thrilling Capital One Cup game against Premier League Norwich.
Bury looked very good in the early stages against Southend. They got off to a very good start and were the best team for the first 20 minutes.
But conceding the Ben Coker free kick took the wind out of their sails. It was like someone had released the valve and let all the air out of the team.
The body language changed and the Shakers went from being very confident to being panicky in possession and nervy. It transmitted to the crowd and it became a very edgy performance.
Bringing on Danny Mayor was a bold and positive step and, although Bury went a little direct at times, it was a good move by the manager Kevin Blackwell.
I did not think they would equalise, but fair play to the Bury lads for keeping going and not giving up.
It was one of those situations when, because they’ve equalised right at the death, it feels a little more like a point won than one saved. And that point could prove vital come the end of the season.
What I’d love to see now is a scruffy 1-0 away win at Dagenham and Redbridge, to build confidence and take the pressure off the need to produce winning performances at home.
I remember when I was playing under Sam Ellis, our home form was not great, but we won 12 matches away, which meant there was not as much pressure on us in front of our own fans at Gigg Lane.
Sam even took us away one Friday night into a hotel before a home match to try to recreate the feeling of playing away, but unfortunately we got beat.
The wins against Accrington, Cheltenham and even the battling performance against Norwich in the cup have increased the level of expectation among the fans and, with all the changes at the club over the summer, there is still a very positive feeling.
And I am sure Kevin Blackwell will already have a strategy in mind to try to get that important away win.
For me, Bury need to make sure they don’t get overstretched, because they have not got great legs in midfield.
They need to play in the right way to make sure they can get up and support the front men, but I am convinced Kevin already knows this.
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