Bury slumped to a second successive away league defeat, losing 2-0 at Shrewsbury, leaving boss David Flitcroft mystified as to how his team failed to score.
New signing Chris Eagles made his debut and was joined in the starting XI by goalkeeper Aaron McCarey, brought in on emergency loan following an injury to Rob Lainton against Bradford.
The Shakers controlled large parts of the game but were undone by strikes in either half from Sullay Kaikai and Abu Ogogo, with McCarey getting hands to both efforts but failing to keep them out.
Flitcroft said that the Shakers will be focusing on finishing opportunities after they scored just once in their last three league matches.
“We’ll stick together and make sure we work on that aspect of our play [scoring],” he said.
“Goals change games. They change the complexion of a game. If we’d kept it at 0-0, we’re still in control. I’m not going to harp on that we created more chances because we didn’t win.
“How we haven’t got a goal I’m still scratching my head. It’s been fantastic this season the way we’ve scored a lot of goals.
“In the first half, with Danny Mayor and Chris Hussey, we moved them about fantastically well. We’ve got Hussey in deep positions to get crosses in, but our final ball just wasn’t right.”
The Shrews’ boss Mickey Mellon praised the form of Ogogo, who has four in his last four, and the spirit across his side to overturn the Shakers.
“We were delighted with the performance and the fighting spirit against definitely the best team that’s come here,” he said.
“That’s the spirit I want to see right through the whole team.
“We’ve had a bit of a tough time but the support we got was absolutely fantastic and greatly needed.”
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