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Harris hails 'character and spirit' of his side after Bury win

26 November 2016

Chopper delighted after late goal show secures first victory in three

Neil Harris hailed the 'character and desire' of his players as The Lions dug in deep to pull off a stunning 3-2 victory at Bury with a late, late goal show.

The Lions dominated huge spells of Saturday's game at Gigg Lane, but it looked as if all their possession, pressure and endless crosses into the penalty area were going to count for nothing as The Shakers hit two goals in six second-half minutes.

Moments after going 2-0 ahead, however, Niall Maher was dismissed for giving away a 70th-minute penalty, which Shaun Williams converted. Calum Butcher headed in an 86th-minute equaliser before fellow sub Aiden O'Brien then struck a dramatic stoppage time winner.

"There was character, desire and leadership from so many players to come back from being behind," said Harris.

"I have real mixed emotions though. I'm happy for the comeback but we shouldn't have put ourselves in that situation. The first half was so one-sided.

"Some of the balls into the box were outstanding, we should have been out of sight.

"We're a young group and we've got young strikers at the moment, but we can work on timing of the runs and end product.

"Coming in at half-time, I said to the boys 'don't slip off the standards we're setting, the end product will come'.

"It shows real character and desire to come back from 2-0 down. I'm delighted for my players. There were a lot of really positive performances and I'm delighted with the three points."

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