The Opposition View - Bury
In the wake of Wycombe's latest defeat at Bury, here are some thoughts on the game from the Shakers' manager David Flitcroft and a few of their fans.
Flitcroft was delighted to win the relegation battle and stressed the importance of keeping a clean sheet.
"Before I came here there were four clean sheets in twenty-odd games but now we've had three in eight games and that's a pleasing aspect," he said.
"I want a team that's creative, I want a team that plays the right way, but I want a solid team, I want a team that doesn't leak goals."
"Today, some of our play was brilliant apart from the cutting edge. Once we got the goal, we tried protecting it a little bit and then it became a football fight."
"I'm pleased with the fact that we've had to dig in, that we've had to come up with a plan-B to win a football match."
"I talk quite a lot about the way I want the game to be played, moving the ball around the pitch, but the character and resilience they showed was good too."
"When you're building something you've got to look at the short-term, and the short-term priority was to bring in experience."
"When the muck and bullets are flying, sometimes young players can go under but we have a very good spine and leaders out on the pitch."
"To play one-touch football on that pitch takes bravery and courage. The last 60 minutes became a battle and we had to dig in, but I enjoyed the first 30 minutes."
The Bury fans knew this was a key game to win and were full of praise for the way new boss Flitcroft has transformed their fortunes.
The following extracts are taken from themightyshakers,
Mr Woolfie wrote:
'Vital win, but we did lose our way in the second half and gave Wycombe plenty of possession.'
'We controlled the ball so well in the first half, I feared we'd run out of energy on that pitch in the second, and we did.'
'The first half especially involved one-touch football that was a joy to watch, the kind of football our previous manager wouldn't be able to coach into players of the highest technical ability, let alone a league two side. The marked improvement in a short space of time is great to see.'
'It's the new style of football, far better tactics, hugely better management and some great signings/deals that have turned our fortunes around. I feel confident we will be safe and watching Bury is far more enjoyable now.'
'Flitcroft deserves praise for transforming a pile of rubbish into an attractive football playing style that will lead us to safety comfortably.'
Badger Boy wrote:
'That was the worst performance of the season and yet we won. First half we were average at best and other than the goal never looked like scoring. Their best spell was just before half time but they on the whole were dreadful.'
'That was much better than the dross we were served for the first half of the season, although I think that today the result was more important than the performance, thankfully we got that!'
Colin Bell wrote:
'Let's be grateful we have a gaffer signing footballers, a gaffer who wants us to pass our way around a football pitch.'
'It was an important 3 points, and we deserved it, but we've got a lot to do. Wycombe were poor. We're going to face some much stronger sides who we need to beat.'
'The conditions were never going to benefit a passing game so it was vital we got the goal in the first half. Wycombe had a decent spell of 15 mins towards the end where my heart was in my mouth but fair play to the lads for hanging on.'
'Poor game against a very poor team, surprised if Wycombe don't finish bottom, hopefully one less spot for us to worry about. Great 3 points.'
Main Stand Moaner wrote:
'Without wanting to sound like a snob we were technically miles ahead of Wycombe for 60 mins then we just ran out of steam and it became a slog. A priceless 3 points though, and well done lads on another clean sheet at home.'
'Poor display against a shocking side.'
fishpool white wrote:
'A win is a win. Another six like that, chuck in a couple of draws and we will be safe. It's about results not performance now.'
'Wycombe's blatant diving was frustrating - although the one they didn't get could have been a penalty for me. Second half was turgid. They had much more of the ball but never really looked like scoring and were more content conning the ref into giving cheap free kicks. Their lad up top with the dodgy hairstyle looked a decent player.'
'Shame to see Gareth Ainsworth being very animated, constantly asking for 'handball' and generally whinging. Always had respect for him, guess it's the pressures of the job.'
Next Game: Wycombe v Accrington - Sat 8th Feb - 3.00pm