Writer: Site Staff
Date:Tuesday October 8 2013
Manager Kevin Blackwell has said that Bury won't have a better chance this season to take all three points than we did against Newport County last weekend.
Speaking to the Official Site Blackwell explained that everybody in the club was disappointed with the result, because we had some absolutely fantastic chances in the first half to not only take the lead in the game, but for him actually kill the game off within the first 45 minutes, but we just didn't take them.
In his mind we were perfect, the performance was spot on, we created chances that mattered and still couldn't produce in the final third to his satisfaction and ultimately came away having dropped two very valuable points.
His greatest frustration is that he says every chance we had, he's seen the players bury (no pun), with their eyes closed and a smile on their faces, in training so to see them wasted when it counted left him banging his head against a wall.
'If you don't capitalise on your chances then you don't win games. It was frustrating. In training the lads have been knocking them in for fun, when they get on the pitch it's the pressure of playing on the big stage.'
Clearly for Blackwell, there is some mental toughness issues that he wants the players to learn, relax into and show ultimately more composure when it counts, pointing to Navas' quality as a player who still missed a guilt edged chance.
It's about taking it into the matchday, producing and not choking really. that said, there is only one real way to learn that, and it's by getting it right when the next chance comes and forgiving yourself as a player for a moment's doubt.
Such a good performance will boost everyone, and if handled rightly, they'll all channel their disappointment into making sure he doesn't happen again - then it's win win.
Blackwell admits that even though Newport rallied in the second half as he expected them to, we still had chances to get the win but the moment in some ways had passed for us, so it's that clinical nature he wants to instil in the players because for us, despite our growth in such a short space of time - and he has referenced still needing more from the players - it could be the missing link for us, and some would argue Newport shows that clearly.
The disappointment is the result, but there are plenty of positives to take from it, not least the clean sheet and the performance.
The gaffer gave three players their league debut in the game, and that was another positive for him as he was delighted with Brian Jensen, Marco Navas and Jordan Mustoe's contribution in the game.
So again it bodes well for the future, but we need those results.
He also admitted that he feels the team are just short of one or two players of a touch more quality and then we might really click.
Date:Tuesday October 8 2013
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