Barker revels in Bury promotion

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Caretaker manager Richie Barker described Bury's promotion to League One as "surreal".

The Shakers ensured they would be playing third-tier football next season after a thrilling 3-2 victory at Chesterfield, a win which denied the League Two leaders the title and left the race for top spot wide open with two matches remaining.

And speaking after the triumph, Barker said: "It's a bit surreal to be honest. I set out to win the game, I didn't think it was right to come here and try and get a point and at the end the ball fell to the best finisher in League Two."

He added: "I retired from playing two years ago and thought that was the last time anybody who ever sing my name so for it to happen again is brilliant.


"It was a great game and I'm pleased because I said beforehand I thought it would be a great advert for League Two between the best two footballing teams in this division, and it certainly was."

Chesterfield manager John Sheridan was dejected after the result but was refreshingly honest in his assessment of the encounter.

And, having already secured promotion, he vowed his side will again go on and try to wrap up the title with a two-point advantage over Bury with two matches remaining.

He said: "It's disappointing because we were hoping to get the right result that would have helped us take the title but I will hold my hands up and say Bury were probably the better side.

"They have got two quality players up front and they just punished us, and when we go a bit higher that's what we need to do better on.

"We were sloppy and switched off at times but full credit to them, second half we came out and had a real go and got at them and created problems but we got done with a sucker punch once or twice."

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