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We've got to dig in, says Bury battler Andy Procter
THE outcome of Monday’s emergency players’ summit at Gigg Lane will only become clear after Saturday’s next match at home to Newport County on Saturday.
But experienced midfielder Andy Procter knows there will have to be an immediate effect if Bury’s season is going to get back on track.
The Shakers’ squad were kept locked in the dressing room for an hour after their latest defeat at Dagenham and Redbridge – their fourth loss in five away games so far this season.
The 2-1 defeat extended Bury’s winless streak to four League Two matches and saw them fall to 20th in the table.
So it probably did not need a 60-minute dressing down from boss Kevin Blackwell to underline the severity of the Shakers’ current situation to an experienced player like Procter.
But the 30-year-old former Accrington Stanley captain acknowledges it is now up to the club’s senior pros to find the answers to their manager’s searching questions.
“The lads are going to have to take it on the chin,” said Procter after last Saturday’s dismal defeat.
“But we’ve just spoken about it amongst ourselves and we are going to have another meeting about it on Monday, when I think there will have to be a few home truths told.
“We know we have got ability in the squad but the league table doesn’t lie.
“If we are going to do anything in this league we can’t leave it too much longer, we don’t want to give ourselves too much to do.”
The reality is, Bury were undone by two defensive lapses after dominating large periods of the match at Dagenham without being able to convert their territorial advantage into goals.
It repeated a familiar pattern for the Shakers, who have been unfortunate to only pick up a point on their travels so far this season.
But Procter refuses to put their run of poor results down to bad luck.
“We can’t keep blaming it on luck,” he said.
“We know we have got ability in the squad, but there is a lot more to this league than just having quality.
“You have got to be able to roll up your sleeves and grind out results at places like this and unfortunately we weren’t able to do that.
“We knew it was going to be a difficult place to come and what type of game it was going to be.
But, to be honest, we have been out-fought all over the park, that’s the particularly disappointing thing.”
Bury had been on top before Afolabi Obafemi cropped up with the opening goal against the run of play two minutes before half time and Rhys Murphy doubled their advantage seven minutes after the break.
“I think we were comfortable up until the goal,” added Procter.
“It wasn’t particularly pleasing on the eye but we got ourselves in the game.
“Then, after conceding two poor goals, we’ve sort of wimped out until the last 15 minutes and that is very disappointing.”
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