Bury deserved to get beaten in the match against Carlisle United according to the Bury manager Kevin Blackwell. Blackwell saw his team miss a number of crucial opportunities only for Carlisle United to take advantage in the latter stages. As a result of this defeat, the club remained in the relegation zone going into the New Year. Bury did not have the opportunity to get out of relegation zone at the start of 2013 because they had left themselves with too much to do in the league table, but the manager would have been hoping to at least close the gap.

One of the positive aspects for Blackwell is the fact that his team created a lot of opportunities. Bury also had 60% of the possession, which is extremely painful for the manager. Bury came into the match on the back of a poor run of form, which has seen them slip into the relegation zone. They have not won a single match since the start of December, and the form that they showed in November has well and truly disappeared. This has put the manager Blackwell under intense pressure, while he has also been worried by the poor financial situation at the club.

“When you concede goals like that and miss chances when you have had 60% of the game you get what you deserve and we got nothing because of that. We dominated the second half and it beggars belief the goals we conceded. We should have won the game, but we have dominated at most places and haven’t got the players in the two boxes, it’s as simple as that. Carlisle will accept they rode their luck towards the end, and it’s the same situation time and time again,” said Blackwell. The manager has also said that his squad has been jaded in recent weeks.