Maggs takes positives from Bury defeat

HORNETS boss John Maggs praised the effort of his players despite their 2-0 defeat against a talented Bury Town last night.

Having made the long 130 mile mid-week trip to Suffolk Horsham’s unfamiliar back three of Tom Graves, Jack Page and Mark Knee largely contained the threat of Bury’s pacey attack for most of the match.

Maggs was unhappy with his side’s defending for the opener in the first half, as former Ipswich midfielder James Scowcroft reacted quickest after Sam Nunn’s header had rebounded off the bar.

Horsham remained in the game without offering much by way of a goal threat until, with just over ten minutes remaining Graves unluckily turned in Kieran Leabon’s cross.

Maggs said: “The whole 90 minutes we completed with this Bury side, I can’t single out anyone who had a poor game, in fact there was some players out there who’ve got to take some credit.

“The back three was very very good, Jack Page, Tom Graves and Mark Knee, and Anthony Storey ran the show in midfield and to be honest I’ve got to take the positives.

“We’ve had two games now when, OK we’ve only got a point from them, but I can’t knock what the lads are putting in at the moment, it’s much much better then what it was two weeks ago.

“If we can put in that sort of performances I’m sure we’ll get the points we need.”

Maggs was also happy with Williams Peauroux’s contribution after the midfielder rejoined the club only the day before having last played for Horsham in the 2008/09 season.

The Frenchman played the entire 90 minutes and Maggs called his contribution “tidy”.