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Match Report


Posted Sat 28 Apr 12 at 22:09 PM


Sadly Latics' npower League One derby at Bury was overshadowed by a serious injury to Yousseff M'Changama.

Latics' midfield player was knocked unconscious and, after a seven-minute stoppage, was removed from the field on a stretcher and taken to Bury General Hospital.

Happily M'Changama was given the all-clear following a scan and released, though he had a nasty lump to his forehead.

As to events on the field, the consensus was that a draw was a fair result in a typical end-of-season game with nothing at stake.

Shakers' manager Richie Barker had predicted a terrific spectacle with both sides able to play with freedom having banished the threat of relegation.

It didn't turn out that way as it was a derby of few goalscoring chances for either side with Latics still searching for their first win at Gigg Lane since 1971.

Manager Paul Dickov was still able to take positives from the game as Latics kept their first clean sheet in eight games and extended their unbeaten run to three matches.

He said: "If you keep clean sheets it gives you a base to win games and our two centre halves (Reece Brown and Jean-Yves M'voto) dominated the game after a tricky opening.

"I couldn't see where Bury were going to score in the second half and the goalkeeper and the back four defended really well."

Latics' manager thought he side acquitted itself better than in the opening period.

"We got into some good positions in the second half, but our final ball lacked quality and let us down," he explained adding he could not fault the effort of his players on a bobbly and difficult surface.

Latics' manager believes both teams ought to have been awarded penalties but, as neither was given, that evened itself out.

For those with their glasses half empty, however, Latics stretched their run without a win to eight games.

Now assured of their League One status, Dickov was able to experiment as he played a new-look side with strikers Shefki Kuqi and Oumare Tounkara not featuring in the matchday 16 while Filipe Morais stepped down to the bench.

Into the side came Kirk Millar and Keanu Marsh-Brown on the flanks with Harry Bunn recalled up front as Robbie Simpson operated just behind him in a 4-4-1-1 system.

Dickov was also pleased to get youngsters Millar, Carl Winchester and Connor Hughes involved with Simpson and Filipe Morais the only member of the matchday 16 over the age of 23. They were the elder statesmen aged 27 and 26 respectively.

There was a carnival atmosphere at Gigg Lane with around 1,600 Latics' fans present, many in fancy dress.

Latics lived dangerously early on as Bury could have taken the lead in the opening minute when David Worrall slipped past Bradley Diallo and fired over a low cross which Shaun Harrad, sliding in, just failed to connect with.

A drive from Giles Coke then forced a decent save from Dean Bouzanis low to his right while Mike Grella fired over as the hosts began brightly.

The remainder of the half was the story of three rejected penalty appeal - two for Latics and one for the hosts.

First M'voto tangled with Harrad, then Efe Sodje clearly fouled Simpson and finally Sodje again appeared to impede an opponent, this time M'voto who this time was the victim as opposed to the perpetrator.

Latics ought to have taken the lead early in the second period but M'voto could not hit the target with a bullet header from close range following a Millar free kick.

After the injury to M'Changama, the game meandered along to its conclusion.

Latics constructed some neat moves, but there was no end product and the same went for Bury as Steven Schumacher and Lennell John-Lewis, the latter in stoppage time, both fired wide.

Winchester, Morais and Hughes all made their entrance for Latics in the second period, but were unable to prevent the game petering out into a dull goalless draw.

Bury (4-4-2): Bond; Picken, Clarke, Sodje, Skarz; Worrall, Schumacher, Coke (Harrop 46), Sweeney; Grella (Elford-Alliyu 84), Harrad (John-Lewis 75). Subs (not used): Hughes, Branagan.

Latics (4-4-1-1): Bouzanis; Lee, Brown, M'voto, Diallo; Millar (Morais 68), M'Changama (Winchester 57), Furman, Marsh-Brown; R Simpson; Bunn (Hughes 84). Subs (not used): Tarkowski, L Simpson.

Booking: Clarke (69) and Worrall (90+3) for Bury.

Referee: Mr A Madley.


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