DAVE McNabb praised players, fans and staff after Bury beat FC Isle of Man following a weekend of travel chaos.

The game, scheduled to kick off at 6pm on Saturday evening, was eventually played 17 hours later at 11am on Sunday morning after a plane carrying the Shakers squad couldn’t land due to fog and had to return to Manchester.

With 800 fans already on the island - having travelled by ferry on the Friday night - the Bury squad finally flew out at 7am on Sunday morning for the hastily rearranged fixture which they eventually won 2-0 thanks to two second half goals from Sam Burns.

It proved to be a weekend to remember for all concerned and McNabb said he was proud of the efforts put in by everyone connected with the club.

“I think when you just factor in solely the performance and the result, I think it is a fantastic achievement by the lads,” McNabb told the club website.

“Then you put all the other external factors on top of that, that we have had little or no control of over the weekend.

“Honestly, the effort and what they have done to get here first and foremost and then to put on a show like that, especially second half.

“They were running on fumes, they have been absolutely outstanding and I am proud of every single one of them.”

And that pride also extended to the Shakers supporters who travelled in numbers and all those who put in the hard work behind the scenes.

He said: “I think the noise and the songs from the fans just gave us that little bit of ‘umph’ to start the second half well and when I say I am proud of the players, I am proud of the club, the fans, the staff, everyone behind the scenes, it has been a tough few days and we have come through it.

“Another three points and we go again.”

McNabb made five changes to his starting line-up and once again suggested he is ready to rotate his squad for the remainder of the season.

“A few enforced changes, Tom Moore, Charlie Doyle, Connor Comber (all unavailable) so we had to,” said McNabb ahead of Saturday’s home game against Glossop North End. “We talked about it after the Cheadle game, in hindsight we needed to make sure we utilise the squad we have got.

“We have got 18-19 fantastic players and it is hard when you are winning games because you want to go with that consistency but then you have got lads who have not started a game for five or six and you are asking them to come on off the bench and make an impact and that is really difficult.

“So I think we will make use of the squad. I think we have got to assess where people are, they are in bits but they will be nice and recovered for next weekend.”

Recent signing Sam Coughlan made his debut off the bench and McNabb was impressed with what he saw.

“He looks a player, doesn’t he,” he said. “This is his first foray in to adult football. He had a really bright career at Everton and, at one time, he was really being tipped, he had an injury towards the back end of time at Everton.

“He’s just starting to get fit and sharp now. He lives the life, he acts like a professional. He is still working hard, he wants to get back in to the full time game so hopefully we can be that stepping stone and help him do that.”