Bury 2 Scunthorpe United 2
by The Boy Holty
For 70 minutes this was all too familiar and slightly depressing. Bury were showing a bit of effort, small glimpses of quality and were 'having a go' against one of the league's better sides. Then it all changed and from nowhere we saw a new Bury and it looked good. What could have kicked this off was the second Scunthorpe goal, which gave them a 2-0 lead but was quickly followed by a quite ridculous sending off of the goal scorer for running to the away fans and hugging some of them. This earned the goalscorer a second booking which added to the one he picked up for diving a few minutes earlier meant he was dismissed from the field of play.
Anyway, that seemed to switch Bury on and from then on, we saw passion, dedication, quality and a real will to win. It didn't take long for Bury to pull one back with the excellent Chris Sedgewick burying a rebound and when Procter put Nardiello through in the 95th minute, the Bury fans were on their feet and celebrating a goal like we'd just won.
Truth is it felt like a win and that last 20 minutes could well prove to be the most important in our season. It will have shown the players that Flitcroft knows what he is talking about and that they ARE capable of getting us out of trouble, it will have shown the manager that he is moving things in the right direction, and it will have shown the fans that we have a wise and capable manager and that we should put our full trust in him. I saw some things on Boxing Day that filled me with hope; the manager made changes when changes were needed he removed the hopeless Edjenguele and replaced him with the excellent Richard Hinds who should now play every game until May, when Scunthorpe were reduced to 10 men he removed Gareth Roberts (who hadn't put a foot wrong) and brought on Ashley Grimes who slotted in behind the front two and was instrumental on our recovery, and he brought on Forrester for Harrad when it wasn't working. Its almost like he could read our minds.
We left Gigg on Thursday with smiles on our faces. When was the last time that happened? I cannot wait for Sunday.