Chris Brass delighted as Bury bounce back to blunt Blades' play-off bid

17 February 2016 11:53

Chris Brass hailed Bury's character after they bounced back to claim a 1-0 home win over Sheffield United.

The Shakers were thumped 6-0 at Coventry on Saturday but Craig Jones fired them into a 27th-minute lead on Tuesday night and the Bury defence was barely troubled as they went on to claim their first win in five, blunting the Blades' play-off bid.

Brass, Bury's head of football operations, said: "After the weekend that's the kind of performance we wanted.

"The lads came out from the first whistle and it was a good, solid performance. It hurt on Saturday but we came together and went back out there and got back on track.

"Sheffield United tried everything. They made a change at half-time, they changed their formation and really went for it near the end, but we soaked it up and got the clean sheet.

"Tough times are part and parcel of management but the manager (David Flitcroft) has been working hard, that's why he's still in the dressing room, de-briefing the boys.

"But let's take stock. We're 14th in the table, we've got 40 points and we've got 16 games left to play.

"Sheffield United are a fantastic club but we've managed to do the double over them, which is a fantastic result for this club, in our first season since being promoted."

The closest the visitors went to claiming a late equaliser was when John Brayford's header was blocked on the line before the Blades were booed off by the travelling fans.

Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins said: "I know the supporters are disappointed we didn't get a win and that's understandable because we're Sheffield United and we want to get to the next level.

"We've had words in the dressing room. We're mid-table in League One at this moment in time and it's not good enough.

"It was a bright start, we tried to get on the front foot, but I'd have liked us to have played a bit more football, with a bit more quality.

"There was a handball before their goal, it should have been a free-kick to us, but it was a fantastic strike by their lad. It gave them a lead to hold onto and they did that.

"In the second half we introduced Billy Sharp, we were looking to be positive and endeavoured to force the play.

"We had a few opportunities, George Long had to make some good saves as well, but it's about goals. They scored one and we didn't."

Source: PA