KELVIN Etuhu believes Bury’s players will not be fazed by last weekend’s results as they head into the Easter programme.

The gap between the Shakers and the top three widened to seven points after their game against Southend was abandoned due to a waterlogged pitch and both Shrewsbury and Wycombe – in second and third place – won.

Yet with eight games remaining, including matches at Cambridge United tomorrow and Morecambe on Easter Monday, Etuhu is adamant the squad remains focused on their promotion challenge.

“Sometimes you can get carried away with what other teams are doing and you come off task,” he said.

“We just want to stay on task, keep picking up three points and the rest will hopefully take care of itself.”

Bury’s move into Manchester City’s training complex at Carrington has played an important role in motivating the players ahead of the run-in, according to the former Blues trainee.

The 26-year-old defensive midfielder knew exactly what to expect after returning to the place where he kicked off his professional career.

And he is sure the Premier League facilities will continue to have a positive impact in what promises to be a hectic end to the campaign.

“When you have facilities like that it does help push people, so Carrington has been a big boost,” he said.

“The lads are staying behind and doing extra (training) so it has had a positive effect.

“I was there with Man City for six years. It is a bit strange (returning), but it is good to go back with my new team.

“I didn’t (expect to ever go back) - I was as surprised as everybody else.

“But everybody knows the facilities there are outstanding, so we are very lucky to be in this position.”

With such high-quality training base, Etuhu is convinced the players will soon shake off the disappointment of Saturday’s abandoned game and will be eager to continue the momentum they built up in a thrilling 2-1 win at home to Northampton the previous weekend.

“That was a big three points,” added Etuhu, who helped 10-man Bury come back from a goal down with a 66th-minute equaliser.

“It was a great show of character from all of the boys and showed the resilience of the team.”