Owing to my laptop displaying the pink screen of death (something a little like this), most of the upcoming articles are unfortunately going to be shorter for the foreseeable future. Please bear with me!
- Bury claimed their fourth clean sheet in a row, a rare occurrence indeed. Joe Murphy has only conceded four in 10 matches.
- On the other hand, only one of the last four games has seen a Bury goal and James Vaughan has to go back to his spectacular consolation against Gillingham for his last strike from open play.
- The two sides, as expected, largely cancelled each other out. Fleetwood’s defence, particularly Cian Bolger, were a little more dominant.
- The lack of space in the congested middle had both teams looking to play balls in the channels to disrupt the bolstered back lines.
- Jacob Mellis had one of his best games in a white shirt – he was very positive with his runs into opposition territory from the outset.
- Kean Bryan slotted in well to Cameron Burgess’ position, vacated by the latter being on international duty with Australia U23s. He offers a different skillset to the Fulham loanee, with generally more accurate passing and comparable tenacity in the tackle.
- Vaughan had one of his quieter games even before he possibly tweaked his hamstring. A lot of the goal threat is unsurprisingly removed when he isn’t on the pitch, particularly when the combination up top is George Miller and Hallam Hope. That must concern Lee Clark.
- Bobby Grant was Fleetwood’s best player and the Cod Army fans must hope he sees out his recent contract extension instead of it just being a way of increasing his market value. He gets in between the lines of midfield and attack very well.
- Alex Cairns wasn’t really tested. His opposite number Murphy was… but mostly by his own players inadvertently.
- The stalemate does Fleetwood no favours and they are increasingly likely to be battling it out in the play-offs in May, which would still represent brilliant on-field progress by Uwe Rösler.
- Leon Barnett is beginning to earn a reputation as a match-saver with his last-ditch tackles.
- Bury were the first team to prevent Fleetwood scoring at home in the league back on Boxing Day… and the first to shut them out on their travels.