BURY boss Ryan Lowe was glad to see his side prove their home support wrong after they staged a thrilling second-half comeback to beat Crewe 3-1 after being booed off at the break.

Two goals from Jay O’Shea and a strike from Caolan Lavery were enough to turn things around after Chris Porter had given Crewe an early advantage.

The win puts Bury in prime position to challenge for automatic promotion from League Two as they lie just two points behind third-placed Mansfield, a fact that now sits in stark contrast to Gigg Lane’s muted half-time boos.

“We’ve had 26 games and 13 or 14 at home and they’ve never done that,” said Lowe.

“We don’t need it. A lot of the fans have been different class and maybe one or two are frustrated by us playing a bit backwards recently but we build from the back and that’s our way.

“We weren’t good enough in the first half but we’ve always got good characters in there that have been second to none from start to finish and they show resilience to get a goal and then another two to put us on the right track.

“We knew Crewe were going to be a good side with their football from left to right. We expected that but I think when we started playing our way in the second half there was only one winner.

“Our lads have stepped up and shown what they’re about. I was pleased with the reaction and I trust in these players.”

The Shakers had to make up for a poor mistake in the third minute as Porter converted from Jordan Barry’s left-wing delivery.

In-form striker Nicky Maynard was aiming to boost his tally into double figures, but he missed two gilt-edged opportunities to do so inside the first 10 minutes.

The 32-year-old, who began his career with Crewe, fired an early drive into the stands before being denied by Railwaymen keeper Ben Garratt at the near post.

And Lowe was was less than impressed when a poor pass from Callum McFadzean released a Crewe counter attack, but Corey Whelan’s drive came to nothing.

McFadzean had the opportunity to bring the hosts level on the stroke of half time, but the 24-year-old’s header lacked direction with a tame touch.

But the Shakers were soon on equal terms as they started the second half in electric fashion.

Lavery was on hand to slot home a rebound from Mayor’s powerful strike that ricocheted off the right post five minutes after the break.

Another tricky run from Mayor saw him clearly tripped in the box just before the hour mark, earning Bury a penalty, which O’Shea hammered straight down the middle of the goal to complete the turnaround.

O’Shea then cemented the victory with his second when he buried the ball into the bottom corner with 15-minutes to play after a fine pass from McFadzean.

Bury (3-4-1-2)

Joe Murphy 6

Will Aimson 6

Adam Thompson 6

Chris Stokes 5

Nicky Adams 6

Jay O’Shea 9

Callum Styles 6

Callum McFadzean 5

Danny Mayor 8

Caolan Lavery 7

Nicky Maynard 6

Subs: Telford 6 (for Lavery 70), Cooney 6 (Aimson 80), Dagnall 5 (for Maynard 87).

Subs not used: Hudson, T Miller, Omotayo, Danns.

Crewe Alexandra: Garratt 5; Ng 4, Ray 5, Whelan 6, Pickering 5; Green 4 (Lowery, 43, 5), Jones 5, Wintle 6; Kirk 5 (Dale, 77, 5) Porter 6, Bowery 6 (S Miller, 70, 5).

Subs not used: Richards, Ainley, Nicholls, Hunt

Referee: S Stockbridge

Attendance: 3,812