Bury have ‘performed miracles’ to sit atop the League Two table, claims boss David Flitcroft after they saw off Burton Albion with a 3-1 win in their table-top encounter.
The Shakers toppled the early leaders with a stunning three-goal second-half salvo, blowing away the Brewers with a trio of strikes in a 20-minute spell.
Flitcroft introduced super sub Daniel Nardiello at the interval, changing the game and the side’s position at the top – and change has been a theme of his spell at the JD Stadium as he took last year’s relegation fodder to the League Two summit.
“These players performed miracles last year and that’ll be forgotten about – this is privileged pressure now,” he said.
“Gone are the days when you could expect fans to just turn up. People need to know what you’re doing – this is a project.
“The work going on behind the scenes here is phenomenal. We scrapped appearance fees this year – that’s allowed us to invest in good players.”
Defender Nathan Cameron feels that without the fear of relegation the players are able to adapt their style and express themselves more easily.
“When we don’t have the threat of relegation as a pressure, we can be patient and break teams down,” said the 22-year-old.
“Luckily, the crowd were patient with us and we created enough chances to win by five or six.
“We’re disappointed to let that goal in, but we can’t complain with the result.”
Bury had an unassailable lead by the time the visitors clawed one back through Jacob Blyth, half-time substitute Nardiello put his side three up just after the hour mark after grabbing a brace either side of Ryan Lowe’s tap-in.
“It’s nice to score two goals, especially on my mum’s birthday. She always gives me grief for not scoring for her,” said the ex-Grecian.
Looking ahead to next Saturday’s visit to St James’ Park, he added: “It’ll be nice to go back to Exeter and see some friendly faces – but we’ll be going for the three points.”
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