Date: 30th July 2015 at 6:11pm
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New summer signing Tom Pope opened his Bury account in the recent friendly against Blackburn Rovers.

A strong side made the trip from Ewood Park for the game at Gigg Lane and it proved to be a decent test for the side ahead of the League One kick off in August – with only one friendly remaining.

Pope gave us the lead in the 25th minute but the visitors pegged us back 25 minutes from the full time mark.

Bury:

Christian Walton (GK), Joe Riley, Chris Hussey, Peter Clarke, Hallam Hope, Leon Clarke, Tom Pope (Danny Rose 65), Craig Jones (Chris Sedgwick 69), Tom Soares, Danny Pugh, Nathan Cameron (C).

Subs:

Scott Burgess, Rob Lainton (GK).

Blackburn:

Raya, Henley, Spurr, Lowe (Guthrie 46), Hanley (c), Duffy, O’Sullivan (Tomlinson 46), Delfouneso (Forrester 78), Marshall, Conway, Williamson.

Subs:

Mahoney, Nyambe, Steele, Kilgallon.

Ref: Mr. D.Handley.
Att: 1,696 (522 visitors).

Speaking to the Bury Times manager David Flitcroft said he’d been delighted with the discipline of the side when it came to the game plan and keeping their shape.

‘From a physical point of view it was fantastic. We came up against a top quality Blackburn side who moved the ball well and moved the ball quick. So we had to be disciplined. We didn`t have lion`s share of possession but it didn`t matter. We stayed disciplined and rigid in our formation to limit them to just one chance in the second half. The discipline of the team was something I was pleased with. The fitness levels were where I wanted them to be so, overall, the performance was good, I was just disappointed not to win it.’

With the home friendly at Preston now left, Flitcroft went on to say that he was hoping to see us show a bit of improvement when it came to our work with the ball and the crispness of our passing but he can’t really be disappointed with the pre season we’ve had as lots of progress had been made ahead of the new campaign following promotion.

‘I would want us to be a touch better on Saturday with the ball – move the ball a touch quicker. But from the work we have done and the games we have played I have been really happy with certain aspects of our play. Certainly, out of possession I have been really happy. Leading up to the Preston game what I am after is a real high-energy performance again and I am sure I will get that.’

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