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‘I took fans as being smarter’: Frustrated Bury boss Kevin Blackwell hits out at Shakers support

By Mark Shales

Bury boss Kevin Blackwell hit out at frustrated fans as the Shakers slipped ever closer to relegation with defeat at home to ten-man Colchester United.

U’s forward George Porter was dismissed for stamping within four minutes and despite going ahead through Craig Fagan, two Colchester goals in as many minutes subjected Bury to their fourth consecutive loss. 

The financially-troubled Shakers remain rooted to the foot of League One and Blackwell blasted the negative response of the fans.

“It’s easy to hang the manager out to dry but I don’t know what I could have done other than going on and scoring myself,” he told his club’s website.

“I’m not a magician – I’m trying to do the best I can with a situation I wasn’t aware of.

“We’re in an embargo and you don’t have to be Einstein to work out if you’re in an embargo you’re obviously struggling for money.

“Does it need me to come out at a press conference to say there are problems here? I took the fans as being a bit smarter – maybe they’re not.”

Bury enjoyed the majority of possession – clocking up 51 crosses and 13 shots on target – but failed to pick up three points for the 31st time this season.

Currently under their second transfer embargo, the Shakers sit eight points from safety with just nine games remaining.

But as the threat of League Two football becomes ever more likely, Blackwell insists his squad are not at fault.

“The players were absolutely outstanding today,” he added.

“I’ve got no complaints with them. I feel for them but that’s the way it is, when you’re down there you get kicked in the teeth.

“I’ve said from day one they’re an honest set of players but I think they’ve been let down – there’s no doubt about that.”

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