Flitcroft vows to end Bury’s shaky away form following solid Southend draw

David Flitcroft believes Bury’s 1-1 draw at Southend United on Saturday was a step in the right direction as they ended a run of three consecutive away defeats.

Barry Corr had put the home side in front but the Shakers battled back to earn a point through substitute Craig Jones’ second half header.

Bury boss Flitcroft is adamant his side must continue to improve their away form and that this draw can be a building block.

“It won’t be done over night, I’ve got to make sure I get the shape right, I’ve got to get the players in the right zones and come up with a different strategy,” he said.

“At home we have so much of the ball we can really hurt teams, I think away from home we just need a bit more resilience.

“A point away from home and three at home is a real formula for promotion,” he added.

The Shakers have dropped only three points at home all season, winning six out of the seven games at the JD Stadium.  

Flitcroft will be hoping his side can begin to replicate that sort of form on the road, as more dropped points have seen Bury slip to fifth in League Two.

The former Barnsley manager bolstered his attacking options ahead of the game, with Everton youngster Courtney Duffus signing on loan until January.

The 19-year-old, who joined Everton from Cheltenham in 2011, helped the Toffees to the Premier League Under-18 title last season and has been a regular in their under-21 side this campaign.

The striker made his debut against the Shrimpers alongside the recently returning Tom Kennedy who is hoping to make his loan deal permanent.

“I think it’s a question of me doing well – the pressure is on me to perform so the club think yeah let’s keep him,” said the left back.

“The gaffer gave me a call and said would you be interested in coming down? I said I’d jump at the chance so it came about pretty quickly.

“I’m happy to be back and I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead,” he added. 

Main image courtesy of Bury Football Club via YouTube, with thanks.

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