BURY manager Ryan Lowe admits his side need to start turning positive performances into points.

After needing a late equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw at home to Forest Green on Saturday, the Shakers made a positive start at Lincoln on Tuesday night and led at half time.

But Will Aimson was sent off for handball as he conceded a 75th-minute penalty, which the Imps converted, before grabbing an 82nd-minute winner.

So despite being arguably the better side against MK Dons, Nottingham Forest and now Lincoln, Bury remain without a win since the opening day.

“I thought there was a reaction from Saturday,” said Lowe. “Performance-wise, it was great.

“They played the way I want us to play and pressed the way I want us to press. We passed the ball through the thirds, got in people’s faces, created chances and had plenty of shots. So everything we wanted, we got apart from the three points.

“We know the football will be good. We’ve set the benchmark with that and we want to move it higher, but ultimately we’re not getting points at the moment.

“I’ve told the lads, I keep getting a ‘well done’ off their manager, saying we didn’t deserve that. But I’d rather be standing here with three points.”

Lincoln came into the game more after replacing their front two just before the hour mark but it swung in their favour when Aimson was dismissed.

Along with Eoghan O’Connell and Adam Thompson, the summer signing from Blackpool has formed a solid back three which has proved the foundation for Bury’s encouraging displays so far.

But Lowe will have to slot someone else in at Crawley on Saturday, who also have not won since the opening day, as Aimson must serve a one-match ban.

“We played a high line because, until they made some changes, we knew they didn’t have any pace in behind us,” added the Bury boss.

“Everything was going to plan until the penalty. But your gameplan goes out the window when you get a man sent off.

“We know what we’re doing, we’ve now got to start winning football matches. We’ve just got to take it and move on.

“Lincoln are tough to beat, it’s a tough place to come. But we need to start grinding out wins the way they do, regardless of how well we play.

“I’d rather play poor and win, but ultimately we want to play an attacking style. We’re just not scoring enough at the minute.”