VERDICT: Brian Jensen left speechless by Bury send-off

VERDICT: Brian Jensen left speechless by Bury send-off

VERDICT: Brian Jensen left speechless by Bury send-off

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BRIAN Jensen said the send-off he received from the 1,100 Bury supporters who travelled to Morecambe to witness his final game for the club left him speechless.

A 16th clean sheet since arriving at the JD Stadium in August was a welcome bonus for the fans’ player of the season, as was the hard-earned point that came with it following the 0-0 draw, which ensured a 12th-placed League Two finish for the Shakers.

But, following a standing ovation by the packed terrace behind his goal, the 38-year-old goalkeeper admitted it was a bitter-sweet occasion after earlier in the week being told his contract would not be extended.

“It’s emotional, it’s sad but it’s just a chapter in my little book and obviously I have to go on to the next one,” said Jensen.

“For the fans to vote me player of the year, I’m really grateful.

“It’s very, very emotional to say goodbye to them because they have been absolutely outstanding.

“I’m speechless at the support they have shown me.”

It was a fitting end, designed in part by appreciative manager David Flitcroft.

The Shakers boss said after the game that he had brought forward the announcement of his retained list to last week to give Bury fans the chance to say goodbye to their hero.

And Jensen certainly rose to the occasion, making three vital stops - including a breathtaking one-handed save to deny Andrew Fleming - to keep an under-strength Shakers side in the game.

Six other players released by the club, including first-team regulars Richard Hinds, Tommy Miller and Temitpe Obadeyi , were left at home.

And without recalled loan defender Chris Hussey, suspended top scorer Daniel Nadiello and injured striker Clive Platt, Flitcroft was only able to name six substitutes.

Three of those were home-grown talents Marcus Poscha, Regan Walker and Anthony Dudley, while a fourth youth-teamer – Scott Burgess – started in midfield.

But after the teenagers played their part in helping Bury battle to the clean sheet their manager “craved for Jens”, Flitcroft was happy he had made the right call.

“There was no way I wanted to let Jens go without the send-off he’s deserved and earned,” he said, before clarifying his decision not to keep him.

“He could have been a number two here next season and that wouldn’t have been fair to Jens or to the football club.

“Jens as a number two is not the right fit. He’s got two or three good seasons in him as a number one and that’s what Brian Jensen is.

“But I want a different profile of a keeper.

“Not someone who is better, someone who is different – someone who has been versed in playing it out from the back and passing it and who is compatible with my style of football.

“And that is what I will bring to the football club.”

MORECAMBE: Roche; Beeley, Hughes, Parrish, Threlfall; Williams (Edwards 78), Kenyon (Sampson 78), Fleming; Amond (McGowan 65), Redshaw, Ellison.

Not used: Arestidou, Bell, Doyle, Dunleavy.

BURY: Jensen 9; Jones 8, Cameron 7, Mills 7, McNulty 7; Burgess 6 (Poscha 7 54), Tutte 8, Sedgwick 7, Mayor 7; Soares 7, Hope 6 (Walker 6 78).

Not used: Charles-Cook, Procter, Grimes, Dudley.

Yellow cards: Morecambe – Redshaw 84.

Referee: Brendan Mallone (Wiltshire)

Attendance: 2,944 (1,117 visiting).

Star man: Brian Jensen – It seems Bury manager David Flitcroft has found a goalkeeper more suited to the style of play he wants to take forward into the next campaign. But if you want a number one that can stop shots, take crosses and organise his defence then Brian Jensen is looking for a more appreciative master. That’s not to say Flitcroft and Jensen have fallen out, quite the opposite in fact, but it is quite clear that, on this one issue, the Bury fans would beg to differ with their manager’s call. Another imperious display from Jensen was capped by a standing ovation from the 1,100 travelling supporters behind his goal. Let’s just hope that the big Dane’s boots do not prove too big for his successor to fill.

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10:44am Sun 4 May 14

Eileenshakers says...

Jensen was easily our man of the match and I for one would thank him for all of his efforts this season in keeping us up in league 2.
I am not buying in to the argument that we need a different sort of keeper to play the gaffers new style of play.for me it is a personality clash between the two.
I just hope this decision to release him and offer a rookie as in Charles Cook a new contract doesn't come back to haunt our club.
It's a big call and if the gaffer hasn't got someone special lined up then he risks alienating the supporters.
The new keeper whoever that might be will be instantly under pressure to perform to the same high level as was achieved by Jens that will be a tough ask.

In this league You need a good shot stopper,a keeper who commands his area and is decisive about collecting from corners not to mention one who organises his defence.Jens has all of these qualities not to mention a wealth of experience.
Jensen was easily our man of the match and I for one would thank him for all of his efforts this season in keeping us up in league 2. I am not buying in to the argument that we need a different sort of keeper to play the gaffers new style of play.for me it is a personality clash between the two. I just hope this decision to release him and offer a rookie as in Charles Cook a new contract doesn't come back to haunt our club. It's a big call and if the gaffer hasn't got someone special lined up then he risks alienating the supporters. The new keeper whoever that might be will be instantly under pressure to perform to the same high level as was achieved by Jens that will be a tough ask. In this league You need a good shot stopper,a keeper who commands his area and is decisive about collecting from corners not to mention one who organises his defence.Jens has all of these qualities not to mention a wealth of experience. Eileenshakers
  • Score: 14

10:42am Mon 5 May 14

shakingallover says...

Once again I agree with Eileens comments. Its great having a goalie who's got fancy footwork and sidefoots it to his fullbacks (we've all seen what happens when it goes wrong) ... but more than anything ... we want a goalkeeper who stops the opposistion from scoring. 16 clean sheets was a magnificent return. Thanks Brian. I liked Hussey ... sorry we couldn't entice him to stay for our promotion push next season.
Once again I agree with Eileens comments. Its great having a goalie who's got fancy footwork and sidefoots it to his fullbacks (we've all seen what happens when it goes wrong) ... but more than anything ... we want a goalkeeper who stops the opposistion from scoring. 16 clean sheets was a magnificent return. Thanks Brian. I liked Hussey ... sorry we couldn't entice him to stay for our promotion push next season. shakingallover
  • Score: 6

7:20pm Mon 5 May 14

Skating on thin ice says...

Hello, Portsmouth supporter here.

Our goalkeeper Trevor Carson - who won some of our Player of the Season awards - is your player who has been on loan to us this season. When I read that you have released your 1st choice keeper, I assumed that it meant you were going to recall Carson for next season. But looking through your website there is no mention of him, and he seems to be a "forgotten man" in Bury. Lots of people in Pompey think he has done well and would like to keep him for next season. How does he stand in Bury?
Hello, Portsmouth supporter here. Our goalkeeper Trevor Carson - who won some of our Player of the Season awards - is your player who has been on loan to us this season. When I read that you have released your 1st choice keeper, I assumed that it meant you were going to recall Carson for next season. But looking through your website there is no mention of him, and he seems to be a "forgotten man" in Bury. Lots of people in Pompey think he has done well and would like to keep him for next season. How does he stand in Bury? Skating on thin ice
  • Score: -3

7:42am Tue 6 May 14

shakencity says...

Skating on thin ice,
Carson was sent out on loan as he was one of the Clubs top earners. As was well documented, we were in all sorts of financial trouble at the end of last season/beginning of this and all the "big earners" were either let go, sold or loaned out....to reduce the massive wage bill our existing Board had saddled the club with.
All Bury fans knew why he was loaned out, that's why he got a decent reception from us when he came back with you the last home game. We still can't afford him, that's why he's been let go. Jensen's been released as he had a personality class with Flickers (our manager)....he more than deserved another season with us and i'm for one disappointed he won't be here next season.

See you next season.
UTS!!!!!!!!!!
Skating on thin ice, Carson was sent out on loan as he was one of the Clubs top earners. As was well documented, we were in all sorts of financial trouble at the end of last season/beginning of this and all the "big earners" were either let go, sold or loaned out....to reduce the massive wage bill our existing Board had saddled the club with. All Bury fans knew why he was loaned out, that's why he got a decent reception from us when he came back with you the last home game. We still can't afford him, that's why he's been let go. Jensen's been released as he had a personality class with Flickers (our manager)....he more than deserved another season with us and i'm for one disappointed he won't be here next season. See you next season. UTS!!!!!!!!!! shakencity
  • Score: 1

1:09pm Tue 6 May 14

Eileenshakers says...

Is that the same Trevor Carson who has conceded 7 goals in 2 games?,not sure we would want him back and am puzzled why Pompey rate him so highly.
Still he hasn't been given a new contract at Fratton Park as far as I am aware.
Is that the same Trevor Carson who has conceded 7 goals in 2 games?,not sure we would want him back and am puzzled why Pompey rate him so highly. Still he hasn't been given a new contract at Fratton Park as far as I am aware. Eileenshakers
  • Score: 5

4:51pm Wed 7 May 14

mammol says...

Like the rest i am disappointed that the beast is not staying .I hope this do1s not mean we are now going to have Lainton back in goal ?? the keeper is ment to keep the ball out of the net something Jenson has done very well i do hope Flickers has got someone else in mind as the thought of Lainton is already digging into my new found opptimisum for next season .Please please flickers Lainton or the other young kid is not the answer for this league.
Like the rest i am disappointed that the beast is not staying .I hope this do1s not mean we are now going to have Lainton back in goal ?? the keeper is ment to keep the ball out of the net something Jenson has done very well i do hope Flickers has got someone else in mind as the thought of Lainton is already digging into my new found opptimisum for next season .Please please flickers Lainton or the other young kid is not the answer for this league. mammol
  • Score: 1

10:39pm Wed 7 May 14

Eileenshakers says...

mammol wrote:
Like the rest i am disappointed that the beast is not staying .I hope this do1s not mean we are now going to have Lainton back in goal ?? the keeper is ment to keep the ball out of the net something Jenson has done very well i do hope Flickers has got someone else in mind as the thought of Lainton is already digging into my new found opptimisum for next season .Please please flickers Lainton or the other young kid is not the answer for this league.
I'm hoping that Rob Lainton has an inspired spell for Burton Albion in the play offs and their manager decides to offer him a contract.Anyone remember Cameron Belford being loaned to Southend United and they failed to gain promotion in the play offs a few years ago returning back a to Gigg lane.
[quote][p][bold]mammol[/bold] wrote: Like the rest i am disappointed that the beast is not staying .I hope this do1s not mean we are now going to have Lainton back in goal ?? the keeper is ment to keep the ball out of the net something Jenson has done very well i do hope Flickers has got someone else in mind as the thought of Lainton is already digging into my new found opptimisum for next season .Please please flickers Lainton or the other young kid is not the answer for this league.[/p][/quote]I'm hoping that Rob Lainton has an inspired spell for Burton Albion in the play offs and their manager decides to offer him a contract.Anyone remember Cameron Belford being loaned to Southend United and they failed to gain promotion in the play offs a few years ago returning back a to Gigg lane. Eileenshakers
  • Score: 3

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