Possession does not win you football matches on it’s own. In an era of endless Opta stats, there is still only one stat that really matters. The end result.
Despite Ryan Lowe bringing a new attacking brand of football to Bury, it hasn’t necessarily lead to a complete turnaround in form.
One win in the last six games isn’t the form that will take you back up into League One. Although the defeat at Port Vale was only Bury’s second since early September, Bury’s reason for dropping points is continuous in most matches.
Despite a wide range of attacking options and the likes of Nicky Maynard and Danny Mayor in top form, Bury are struggling to convert enough chances, also to really capitalise on their domination with the ball enough in front of goal.
Yet unlike in League One when Bury struggled for wins most weeks, the Shakers are now dominating games, even when the likes of automatic promotion chasing Newport County come to Gigg,
You could say the team have been unlucky most weeks. Against Newport Joe Day denied Maynard all three points with a superb save late on, whilst at Port Vale, Mayor was unfortunate not to grab an equaliser when his long-range effort hit the bar.
The Shakers have demolished Notts County and Grimsby 4-0 already this season and have clearly tightened up at the back with the solid 3-5-2 formation, particularly since Rochdale away in the Checkatrade trophy.
But these facts don’t change the most important factor of the Shaker’s struggles. For all their attempts on goal, Bury aren’t quite clinical enough at the business end of the pitch.
Bury now lie four points outside the playoffs after Saturday’s defeat. Upcoming games against teams at the lower end of the division gives the Shakers a chance to really show why they are promotion contenders this season and change to a more clinical attitude in front of goal.