On another day things could have been very different for Bury. Ryan Lowe is one to keep his head down when things are going well for Bury, yet voiced his sadness after his side went out of the Cup.
Ryan Lowe mentioned in his press conference after the game ‘I thought we were the dominating team. We had enough chances to win the game and we got punished from a goal that could be avoided‘.
‘We went long ball second half, probably due to some frustration in the ground. That’s disappointing because that’s not how we play our football’.
Harry Cornick scored the only goal of the game as Luton Town knocked Bury out of the FA Cup. After a rare home defeat, what lessons can be learnt as Bury saw their chances of a big third round draw go to waste.
Eoghan O’Connell comes out shining
This testing FA Cup tie was always going to be a big afternoon for Ryan Lowe’s back line. While some of his playing partners had difficult afternoons, Eoghan O’Connell made some vital blocks and interceptions on his return to the side.
Will Aimson was dropped by Ryan Lowe following on from the midweek win over Cheltenham, yet may find himself back sooner or later as Chris Stokes had a tough afternoon while Nicky Adams could be seen ambling back as James Collins sent whipped in the cross.
Cornick’s goal was a nightmare for Bury’s back five to watch back. Luton’s number 14 peeling away from both Stoke and McFadzean to score the crucial goal.
There’s no question silly mistakes are costing the Shakers needless points at the moment. One hopes these errors won’t cost promotion come to the end of the season.
The Shakers lack quality when it really counts
Danny Mayor tried everything to make something happen, yet struggled as the defensive quality in front of him went up a level. But Mayor can’t do everything on his own and after coming straight out of the blocks, Maynard and Danns just couldn’t do the business.
Free-scoring home in the league, yet drawing a blank on an afternoon Bury simply lacked quality. Dom Telford also skied one over the bar as the home side failed to take advantage when having the larger share of the ball in and around the box.
The early misses are something Bury’s forward line will not want to look back on. Maynard missed a sitter while Neil Danns also should have scored but lacked any composure in front of goal.
The fixtures come thick and fast for the Shakers. With Bury going to Mansfield in the Checkatrade trophy, a battle with playoff rivals Exeter awaits. A busy week awaits for Lowe, the fact he won’t have much time on the training pitch with his players could be a worry.