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Graham Turner Post Bury

22 December 2012

Graham Turner's thoughts the 2-2 draw away to Bury

Town came away from Gigg Lane with an important point but they will be disappointed not to have come away with all three. An Aaron Wildig goal with less than a minute on the clock gave Town a great start. In the second half Jon Taylor put town back in front but again Town were left to rue their inability to see out a game as well as take their chances.

After the game manager Graham Turner spoke to the press to give his thoughts on the game:”I'm ever so frustrated because I see us passing the ball for fun at times, particularly in training and then in the last twenty minutes of games we invite pressure by keep giving the ball away. We know they're chasing the game and that they're going to be leaving men up front so you have to match them for that but the number of times we could have got out with the ball and passed it with some precision and movement, which we're good at, we just let ourselves down. We invited pressure because they were coming straight back at us. And I thought we defended the corners and the crosses well up until the last one.

“I've never known a side give the ball away so frequently when we just needed to take the sting out of the game; move the ball up the pitch, get a throw in deep in the corner or a corner itself. And we keep passing the ball to the opposition, which baffles me because we've got good passers in there - that is our strength. Some of the simple things that we should have been doing in the last fifteen minutes to ease the pressure on the lads at the back and the goalkeeper, just keep the ball in the opposing half, move it about, there was room to do - because Bury were gambling.

“(With regard to Marvin Morgan's chance at 2-1: It was right after we had scored and if he had scored that one it kills the game off, but unfortunately he hasn't. It was a narrow angle and the keeper has come to spread himself quite well but if we'd have got that one it kills the game off totally.

“I've got to say that maybe we'd have taken a point before the game under the circumstances but there has got to come a point when we've got to start winning our away matches and never was a better chance than today.

“We should have done better after getting the early goal. Once or twice we got the ball into good positions and we should have done better. But you score two goals away from home and that should be enough to get you a victory. And how many times now has it not been enough? It's not good enough.

“The unfortunate part for Jon Taylor is it looks as though he may have tweaked a hamstring and that looks pretty serious with the games coming thick and fast and I've just got to hope that it's not too bad. His goal was a terrific run, great composure and a great strike. We've just got to hope that he's not going to be missing for too long. He's a threat to everybody - he's obviously getting goals; through the middle, off the left hand side and the right hand side and he looks lethal when he is in his stride so he will be a loss to us, but other players have got to step up to the mark.

“We spoke about Luke Rodgers at half time and we thought that he could do another ten or fifteen minutes so that was as much as we could have expected from someone who has not been too clever. But Luke has wanted to get out there and wanted to play and he has worked hard for the cause.

“Ryan Noble can do better. He's got good skills, control, passing and vision and he can do better. He's done okay for the goal and he's set it up nicely but he can do far more than that.

“I think you get concerned about our away record. I think that's five points out of a possible 36 which is not good enough but having said that circumstances in matches; the number of times we have lost goals late on - down to our fault mostly has been disappointing because you sometimes sit there and think about what might have been. If we had picked up some of the points that we should have done we could have been in a nice position.”

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