Bury coach Ben Futcher praises ‘outstanding’ Bury performance as Shakers off bottom of table

By Oliver Rhodes

Bury development coach Ben Futcher believed the players deserved their victory against Stevenage, as the club climbed off the bottom of League One.

Late strikes from Craig Jones and Jonson Clarke-Harris ensured the Shakers were not left ruing Steven Schumacher’s missed penalty in the first half.

And Futcher was relieved the players found the back of the net and hailed the overall performance of the team.

“I thought the lads were outstanding. It was a tough game against Stevenage, who have just picked up of late,” he told the club website.

“We created chances and kept going and going and we got what we deserved in the end.”

Bury claimed their first win after losing three games on the bounce and Futcher said the opportunity to escape the relegation zone remains alive.

The 31-year-old also reserved praise for Schumacher, despite the captain missing from the penalty spot.  

“He has been fantastic. He is a great captain and he leads by example,” he added.

“No-one means to miss from the spot, so I am sure he will step up to take the next one.”

There were also kind words for Jones and Clarke-Harris, who scored their first goals in senior football.

“I am absolutely delighted for them,” Futcher said. “I know what it is like to score your first goal and it is a great feeling.

“That will do both their confidence a world of good.”

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