REACTION: Thirlwell on the Bury game

Team captain on the 1-1 draw

United midfielder Paul Thirlwell spoke to us on Tuesday evening about the 1-1 draw at Gigg Lane.

"That was a very good point for us in the end," he said. "It's a very difficult place to come because they have had a tough start to the season. They'll give teams a run for their money when they play at Gigg Lane, as we have seen tonight."

"We knew they were going to start fast and then maintain it but we knew they wouldn't be able to keep it going for the full 90 minutes," he added. "They were in our faces for the first 45 minutes and they got their goal, and that gave them something to hang onto.

"It was important for us to keep going because we knew we would have our spell. Defensively we wanted to be stronger as well, particularly with what happened at the weekend, and I feel we did that for a lot of the game.

"The good thing was that we didn't let the goal we conceded affect us. We kept working hard and then Joe [Garner] did well to put our chance away right at the end."

And on the yellow card in time added on, he explained: "That was just stupid on my and Joe's behalf. We were celebrating the goal and the fact it had come so late, and if we didn't have passion about what we were doing there would be no point in playing. 

"Sometimes you get a bit carried away and you just can't explain it. I had a word with the referee [Mark Brown] after the game and we agreed that it's one of those bookings which a player doesn't like to get and a ref doesn't particularly enjoy giving out. Unfortunately the celebration was the reason why they were shown."

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