O’s triumph over Shakers

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

in.

“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

yards.

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.