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MATCHDAY: Bury 2 Exeter City 0
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- Bury 2 (Hussey 65, Soares 90+2)
- Exeter City 0
Bury 2 Exeter City 0
90+2 - GOAL - BURY 2 Exeter City 0 - Substitute Tom Soares slots home at the back post for his second goal in as many games.
88 - YELLOW - Rose (time wasting).
81 - Rose's cross-shot from a tight angle rolls across the goal line, just evading the slide of Nardiello.
82 - Rose has a back post header from Hussey's corner cleared.
80 - SUB - Wheeler on for Dawson.
78 - SUB - Soares on for Tutte.
73 - SUB - Miller on for Jones.
72 - SUB - O'Flynn for Nicholls.
69 - RED - Danny Coles picks up his second yellow card in the space of five minutes after an off-the-ball challenge on Danny Mayor.
65 - GOAL - BURY 1 Exeter City 0 - Chris Hussey puts a low curling free kick past Exeter keeper Artur Krysiak from 25 yards. The visitors' stopper should have done better, letting the weak effort slip through his fingers.
64 - YELLOW - Danny Coles.
63 - SUB - Rose on for Hope.
57 - Nardiello puts the loose ball just over the bar from six yards after a great delivery from the left from Hussey.
53 - Tutte's shot from 25 yards is gathered at the second attempt by Krysiak.
54 - SUB - Grimes on for Gill.
52 - Mills is protesting after the centre-back was barged to the floor as he bid to get on to a wicked swinging free kick from Hussey. The ball was partially cleared and Sedgwick's shot from the rebound was deflected wide.
48 - Hope is unlucky to have a foul caled against him as the young striker goes up against the Exeter keeper following a high flolated ball from Jones.
Attendance: 2,718 (144 visiting).
Bury 0 Exeter City 0
36 - Krysiak again stands up well to get both hands behind a Mayor drive following an almost identical step inside to his previous chance.
35 - Timely interception by Mills cuts out the threat following another dangerous Sercombe run.
32 - Jensen blocks a Sercombe shot after a Mills mistake allows Nicholls to roll in his team-mate on the right behind the Bury back four.
27 - Krysiak shows strong hands to block a blistering strike from Mayor, who cut into the box on to his right foot before letting fly.
Good run from Nardiello into the right channel but his low cross is cut out by the Exeter keeper.
Bury have had quite a lot of goalmouth action with a succession of corners and crosses but failed to create any meaningful efforts on goal.
16 - Tom Nicholls fails to test Jensen with a 25-yard free kick that goes high and wide.
11 - Nardiello drills a shot well over the bar after being set up by Hope.
9 - Tutte shows good compsure to dummy his marker and take the ball to the byline before Krysiak cuts out his low centre.
7 - Richards almost seizes on a reckless roll out by Jensen, but Veseli just manages to get a toe to the ball as the midfielder atempted to nick it. Goal kick.
4 - Tutte shot palmed behind by Krysiak.
3 - Jones beats the Exeter keeper to the ball but timidly tries to lob him then goes down claiming a foul that was not given. Great build-up play and final bal from Veseli down the right but a chance missed.
Bury's starting line-up remains unchanged for the third game running following wins against Northampton and Bristol Rovers.
The only change on the bench is the return of Tommy Miller, who replaces Temitope Obadeyi after missing the last six matches with a thigh strain.
Interestingly, Flitcroft recently highlighted the problems he faced in terms of player turnover since taking over the club in December.
Over the course of the season as a whole, Bury have used 45 different players - the most in League Two and second only to Carlisle (49) in the Football League.
Now that he has a settled team, however, following the latest introductions of Danny Rose and Hallam Hope on loan window deadline day, the Bury coach has earned back to back wins and is now hoping to claim a third successive win for the first time this season.
BURY: Jensen; Veseli, Mills, McNulty, Hussey; Jones, Sedgwick, Tutte, Mayor; Hope, Nardiello.
Subs: Hinds, Procter, Miler, Soares, Rose, Platt, Charles-Cook.
EXTER CITY: Krysiak; Dawson, Coles, Moore-Taylor, Woodman; Bennett, Gill; Sercombe, Oakley, Richards; Nicholls.
Subs: Baldwin, Davies, O'Flynn, Parkin, Grimes, Pyn, Wheeler.
Welcome to the JD Stadium on what feels like the first day of a new phase in David Flitcroft's tenure as manager.
Phase one, in Flitcroft's own words, was consolidation in the Football League. That looks to have been achieved following back-to-back wins that have propelled Bury up to 12th in the table, 10 points above the drop zone with six games left to play.
Buiding for the next step - promotion to League One - starts now with the visit of Exeter City.
With the Shakers nine points adrift of the play-off places, it looks like the fans will have to wait until next season for a full-scale assault on the top seven.
But the Bury boss was adamant in Tuesday night's post-match press conference that he will not allow his players to fall into the "comfort zone" in the run-in.
The challenge he laid down was to extend the side's current unbeaten league run at home - which spans back 12 games to a 3-1 defeat against Torquay United in November.
Flickers also wants as many points as possible from the remaining away matches at Scunthorpe, next Saturday, York on Easter Monday and at Morecambe on the final day of the season.
If they can go on a winning run then Bury will be guaranteed at least a top-half finish and a welcome boost to the finances that the extra prize money will bring.
The Bury boss will also be given further insight into the mental approach of his players as he mulls over which ones to offer extended contracts.
Brian Jensen, Pablo Mills and Clive Platt arre all out of contract at the end of the campaign, while loan players Danny Mayor, Chris Hussey, Danny Rose and Hallam Hope could all be interested in an extended stay at the JD Stadium, either on a season-long loan or permanent contract.
One player who has made his feelings known on the future is Frederic Veseli, who will end a three-month loan spell at Bury today before returning to Championship side Ipswich.
The 21-year-old defender has clearly enjoyed his time at the club, but is adamant he wants to play at the highest level possible.
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