Date: 29th April 2007 at 8:49pm
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Stockport County threw 44 games of hard work down the drain yesterday with a uninspiring performance against local rivals Bury, which resulted in County dropping to eighth in the League table and falling out of the play-offs with only one game remaining.

The result means that County, once again, go into the last game of the season needing a result and then having to rely on other teams to do the dirty work to claw back a play-off place.

In March we were 17 points ahead of Bristol Rovers and 14 ahead of Shrewsbury. We are now one point behind Bristol Rovers and two points behind Shrewsbury. However rants will follow later.

Jim Gannon kept the same team that lost to MKDonalds last weekend, and kept exactly the same tactics. Meaning once again Jason Taylor was at right back, Adam Proudlock was on the right wing and David Poole was upfront. Ah yes.

County, however, started brightly once again and played some nice flowing Football. But for the 11th game on the trot there was no end product, and when you don’t look like scoring a goal you don’t take the news too well that Bristol Rovers have just taken the lead against Swindon and if the game was to finish at this point you would be 8th.

Bury had the first real chance, and only real chance, of the first half when Andy Bishop found himself one on one with Joe Lewis. However captain Gareth Owen slid back and tackled perfectly to deny Bishop an easy goal.

It was all rubbish, and I’m being honest. There is absolutely nothing to report and I’m not going to put a positive spin on things like a lot of fans believe you have to these days.

Early in the second half Anthony Elding showed that if he is given the service then he would get goals. He finished perfectly, just a shame he was about five yards offside.

And that was generally it. Bury had chances in and around the box, jumping on Countys weakness of defending set pieces. We were all over the place and Tom Youngs and Glynn Hurst both had chances to put the ball in the net and really put County’s play-off hopes in the bin.

But for a local derby in front of 7500 fans and the fact that you have to win, it was an absolutely shocking response from the players.

It goes to show that when your best effort was a Adam Griffin effort direct from a corner in the 93rd minute that you general performance must have been crap.

So, once again we go down to the last weekend. We’ve thrown it away big style here and if we fail to get into the play-offs then big questions need to be asked.

 

One Reply to “County 0-0 Bury – HOW?!”

  • Dullest match of the season (2/10). Followed by disturbances outside the Bobby Peel and no police to be seen (3/10 GMP). Still, sandwiches were nice in the Armoury (8/10).

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