Bury Report – Gasheads Talk Back

February 5, 2006

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After the disappointment of an away loss against Lincoln last Saturday and the excitement of the 3-3 draw against Orient in the midweek, it was predictable how the match against Bury was going to pan out.

Whilst first team coach Paul Trollope was pleased with the way in which Rovers attacked during Tuesday night’s match, he was less happy with some of the defending, and it was obviously going to figure highly for the remainder of this week’s training for the squad.

Bury came to the Mem with a worrying recent form record which read, LLWLLLW, whereas Rovers were still in good form despite the disappointments of the two previous matches which many felt should have yielded more.

Nearly every game I have seen against Bury here or at Gigg Lane, have usually been tight scrappy affairs, and this match proved to be no exception.

The expectation was that Bury would be scrapping for their lives and Rovers would be keen to push forward to get the points. The reality was that the game really turned into a damp squib once Junior put Rovers ahead in the 27th minute, with Bury offering little more than a good work ethic, but possessing nowhere near enough quality to really trouble the home side, leaving Rovers to stroll home comfortable winners.

After the match I interviewed fans as they were leaving the Mem.
Here are some of  YOUR observations on yesterday’s match.

Adrian said, ” A win’s a win and three points but hard going at times. We made it hard for ourselves and appeared to need that second or third goal to make the game comfortable, but at 1-0 the opposition were always in with a chance.” He continued, “I think we held possession well and our front men worked hard, Agogo worked very well and Haldane impressed, but my man of the match was Steve Elliott” 

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Nick had similar views. “ I saw a largely forgettable game, but we did well to keep our lead and take the points. Rovers teams of the past may well have shipped a late goal, which we did not do today, and that gives us another three points on our way. My man of the match was shaded by Junior Agogo who looked very lively, took his goal well and caused the opposition problems all afternoon”

Ken Masters, sitting in the MCE stand, had this to add. “ I thought it was not a good game but it takes two teams to make a good football match. Bury clearly did not have the same quality as Orient and that made for a poorer game, but at the end of the day, three points is three points.” He went on to say how he felt one area in which Rovers did well was that the front two were holding the ball up better, something they have started to improve on over the last few games. “It helps the rest of the team to break out when this is done efficiently,” he said. Ken paid tribute to Jon Bass’s performance. “He didn’t put a foot wrong all afternoon” he said. Ken’s man of the match was Steve Elliott.

Matt James watched from the Bass Terrace and saw a good defensive display, though felt Christian Edwards looked ‘shaky’ at times. He felt our midfield battled well and overall it was a good team performance, scrappy to watch, but a deserved win for the home side. He felt we didn’t create enough, though was happy to take the points. Matt was in two minds over his man of the match. He felt Elliott was solid at the back, but the box-to-box performance of Craig Disley shaded him as Matt’s choice.

Finally, Sue Chappell had this to say. “It was a good clean sheet for Rovers, but with that came perhaps the least attractive game we’ve seen in a while.” Sue cited Rover’s never give up attitude as their best quality on the day, noting how Rovers seem to always keep going right to the 90th minute and said Lewis Haldane and Junior Agogo were a constant threat with their pace. Sue agreed with many who selected Craig Disley as their man of the match.

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