Blades frustrated by Cumbrians
Birmingham boss Lee Clark hit out as his team after their 3-2
defeat to Wolves.
The Blues fought back from 3-0 down but the damage was done in
what Clark labelled a “woeful” first half when the visitors scored
all three of their goals.
Birmingham had looked impressive in beating Crystal Palace on
Good Friday and Clark cut a frustrated figure afterwards.
“Quite simply, without the ball in the first half we were
rubbish, with it we were decent,” Clark said.
“With it in the second half we were decent again and without it
we were good. But in the first half we were woeful.
“Three or four players weren’t at it and you can’t have that.
With the ball, you can have three or four players maybe not having
a great day but without it, you have to have 11 putting a shift
“I think we got a little bit caught up and excited about what
happened on Friday, thinking we could just turn up and play our
football, forgetting you’ve got to win the battles.
“It’s a very frustrating day for us when you think if we’d got
three points we could have gone eighth in the table.”
Jimmy Smith opened the scoring in the ninth minute when he
slammed the ball home from 12 yards after Mathieu Baudry had
flicked on a corner by Dean Cox.
That goal came against the run of play with Bury squandering
three chances in the opening three minutes when Tom Soares twice
failed from eight yards and Nicky Ajose then fired wide from 10
Bury’s woes increased when David Mooney doubled the lead in the
34th minute after some woeful defending. Lloyd James played the
ball into the box and Smith then swept it onto the unmarked Mooney
to notch his 13th goal of the season.
The visitors continued to throw away chances after the interval
with Steven Schumacher and Andy Bishop again failing to find the
target when well-placed.
And it was the home side who came closest to adding to the
scoreline when Mooney and Charlie MacDonald saw efforts scrambled
off the line.
Carlisle midfielder Liam Noble came closest to breaking the
deadlock, but his 44th-minute drive came back off a post before the
visitors had defender Sean O’Hanlon sent off for a second bookable
offence 16 minutes from the end.
In a tight opening 45 minutes, Carlisle winger Jon-Paul McGovern
saw his 20-yard drive turned away by Blades goalkeeper George Long,
while visiting goalkeeper Mark Gillespie was forced to palm Kevin
McDonald’s stinging half-volley behind for a corner at the other
Blades loanee Jonathan Forte should have put the home side ahead
in the 67th minute, but he scuffed wide when well placed after
being teed-up by substitute Joe Ironside.
Cumbrians centre-half O’Hanlon then headed narrowly wide of
Long’s goal, moments before he was dismissed following a foul on
teenage forward Ironside.
The Blades pushed hard for a winner in their quest for automatic
promotion, but Greg Abbott’s hard-working side held on for a