Bury’s Flitcroft urges Shakers to ‘step up’ and be more like Sheffield Utd and Walsall

Bury manager David Flitcroft has highlighted the difference in quality between League One and Two ahead of his side’s visit to Bramall Lane against Sheffield United.

The Shakers have scored so far in every league game this season, but their weekend opponents have conceded just once since a 4-0 drubbing to Gillingham on the opening day.

Flitcroft suggested that the league was gaining reputability with the number of large clubs playing in it, singling out Sheffield United as an example of a bigger club playing in a lower division.

“They are a club with tradition and a massive fan base. They aren’t a League One club,” he told the Shakers’ video channel.

“They might be a League One football team at the minute because that’s where they are operating, but they are a club with top tradition.

“You just have to look at Walsall with quality players like Sawyers, Bradshaw and Chambers, they are a different level to League Two,” he said, highlighting last week’s opponents Walsall as evidence of the large “step-up” between divisions.

Following a 1-0 victory at Walsall, Bury face an equally tough task away to the Blades, who are on a four-match winning streak and could overtake Gillingham at the top of the table with a win on Saturday.

Flitcroft said he expects his players to respect United but to play without fear and not be in awe of their opposition.

“We are pitting our wits against a fantastic manager in Nigel Adkins, and his team of coaches that built a brilliant blueprint at Southampton.”

Reflecting on the start the Shakers have made so far this term, Flitcroft suggested that individual errors that have contributed to points lost.

“It’s been an okay start.

“It’s certainly been a learning start and we have learnt a lot from the first hectic month.”

Image courtesy of Bury Football Club via YouTube, with thanks.

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