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Barker staying grounded

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Caretaker boss Richie Barker urged his players to take things one game at a time after Bury edged closer to promotion with a 2-0 win over Barnet.

Nicky Ajose and Mike Jones netted first-half goals as the Shakers secured a victory which leaves them five points clear of fourth-placed Shrewsbury with just four games remaining.

Barker said: "I think it was important that we went and played our own game and passed the ball, which we did in the first half. From a defensive point of view it was important that we stopped their main threat.

He added: "We've worked on defence during the week and being organised from set-pieces and I knew that technically we are better than them."

"With the front four we have we've also got a chance of passing the ball and scoring goals. It was odds-on that something would happen and when Phil Picken went off David Worrall stepped in and was excellent, he was my man of the match.

"We don't look any further than next Friday. We'll try to keep everyone fit - that's important - but the key is the next game, then we'll see how we go from there."

Barnet, meanwhile, remain in the League Two relegation zone after the defeat.

Their caretaker boss Guiliano Grazioli - overseeing his first game at the helm - felt the Shakers were worthy winners.

He said: "It was a fair result after the first half. We didn't start very well at all. We had a gameplan of turning them playing further up the pitch, but we just didn't get to grips with them. We looked sloppy, we looked tired and we looked heavy-legged.

"But we came out second half and put in a performance something like what I wanted, not exactly what I wanted but we showed a little more hunger, a little more fight, and I just wished we'd started the first half like that."

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Shrewsbury Town
Football
Mike Jones
League Two
Barnet
Phil Picken
David Worrall

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