Bury managed to get their third consecutive victory in the League Two division after a narrow 2-1 success over Northampton Town. Manager David Flitcroft was a relieved man, as this victory helped keep the club’s promotion hopes alive.
Bury have been one inform teams in League Two over the last month. Apart from the 1-0 defeat against Oxford United, the club has won all their remaining matches in March. This good run of form started in the middle of February after a 2-1 win over Cheltenham Town. Flitcroft’s team appeared in danger of drawing against Northampton only for Adam El-Abd to changes the destination of the three points in injury time.
After being reduced to 10 men following the dismissal of Riley in the 49th minute, it appeared that even a point from this match would be good for Bury. However, it would have meant conceding more ground in the title race with Shrewsbury Town and Burton Albion winning their matches this weekend. Only Wycombe dropped two points and this allowed Bury to close the gap on the final automatic promotion spot to just one point. Wycombe do not appear to have the momentum to sustain their third place and Bury can overtake them next week if their poor form continues.
“I was disappointed at half time and I told the players that. We didn’t move the ball well first half and played on the back foot, which isn’t us.Second half we played with more purpose, more adventure, and I think we completely deserved the win. There was a bravery about our performance, out of adversity.The referee didn’t have any choice about the red card, it was a rush of blood, but then we showed a real willingness to go and win the game. We showed a controlled aggression,” said Flitcroft.