Given our heightened expectations that has to be considered a slightly disappointing start to the season I'm afraid. Bury were poor and the three points were there for the taking but the old failings from last season prevented us from taking advantage.
We were composed, solid and at times played some nice measured football, clearly much the better side, but on a warm afternoon (though much cooler than London) in front of a tiny crowd in a three quarters empty ground it all seemed a bit lethargic and pre- season like. We were overly cautious, playing essentially 5 at the back, and for all the neat approach play lacked real attacking intent or numbers in the box. Clayton led the line as he always does, energetically running the channels and showing some nice touches outside the box but spoiled things with powder puff finishing - he had our only real clear cut chance of the match in injury time but shot tentatively into the side netting from an angle. Farid came on for half an hour and was pretty anonymous though his height tempted one or two more direct balls into the far post.
Foreshaw showed hints of what is hopefully to come, providing the momentum to drive us forward from midfield but when he went off with 20 minutes to go (presumably due to fitness issues - he had been suffering from cramp minutes before) we lost our impetus and Bury could even have nicked an undeserved win near the end. Two or three times they got behind the defence. Moore saved smartly twice and they had what looked from the far end like a stonewall penalty turned down.
On paper a point away from home to start the season cant be bad. The frustration is that we are nearly a very good team but don't yet seem to have the confidence or formation to make the most of what we have.