Bury manager Alan Knill was left to rue missed opportunities after a 1-0 defeat at Wycombe.
Wanderers striker Scott Rendell was on the scoresheet as the Shakers missed the chance to move up to second.
Knill said: "I thought we were the better team first half and they were in the second half. If I'm going to be honest it looked like a draw and we said at half-time there was only ever going to be one goal in it. We had chances first half and didn't take them and then we gave them a goal."
He continued: "It could be worse. We could be third from bottom instead of third from top. The disappointing thing for me was that when we went a goal down, we kept giving the ball back and we didn't play it how I expect us to play, by passing it. We did that first half and made quite a few chances second half.
"When we're not firing at the top end of the pitch we have to keep a clean sheet. We didn't today and it's cost us three points.
"I've said to the team many times that I believe we're as good as anyone in the league. I don't think there is anyone to fear but we have to be ruthless at both ends of the pitch and we weren't."
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