Bury 0 Sheffield United 3
by The Boy Holty
Bury were humbled by a Sheffield United side who look for all the world like a Championship side in the making.
After a slow start for both sides, the first half was Bury's. We produced some really intelligent passing and movement and a few good attacks although there were few real chances. The half time break came at a time when Bury were very much in the ascendancy and it was a little disappointing that we went into the break level although that wasn't so much due to chances missed, rather the knowledge that our opponents undoubtedly had more to offer and half time would probably be their spur to improve.
That's how it proved in the end although it took a debateable offside decision to let Cresswell run through and curl an impressive finish into the far corner to get things started. It was, to be fair, probably about level and the finish was the sort of thing you would be impressed to see on MOTD, and doesn't happen too often at Gigg Lane. Whether offisde or not, it was poor defending as was the second when Ched Evans received the ball unchallenged on the corner of the box, took a couple of steps and lashed it home at Belford's near post. The third, as if it matters, was a shot from the edge of the box that could have been defended better.
David Worrall had a good game but David Amoo was bloody awful.
All in all we lost to a vastly superior side and one that should be going up in May. Any illusions Bury fans have about us reaching the playoffs and going up should be put into context here. Even if by some miracle we do sneak into the playoffs, we'd not be good enough to go up and we are certainly not ready for Championship football. Let's give Richie a couple more seasons yet eh?
Sheffield United contributed in the region of 4000 fans to a great crowd of 6970 but the bright spot of my day was seeing Sean Bean in the directors enclosure.