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McNulty off as Bury hold on

Bury held on to secure a 2-1 home victory against Accrington on Saturday despite being reduced to ten men in the second half.

The visitors had the better of the first half and led through Kal Naismith's 19th-minute strike. But Stanley were made to pay for not taking their chances as Danny Rose equalised 10 minutes before half-time and Danny Mayor gave the Shakers a 62nd-minute lead.

Bury captain Jim McNulty was sent off after 71 minutes but Gary Flitcroft's side stood firm to secure their first back-to-back wins of the season.

Stanley made a fine start and went in front as Naismith cut in from the right and curled in a shot off the far post.

Will Hatfield then had a header cleared off the line for the visitors before Bury goalkeeper Rob Lainton denied James Gray and Naismith's follow-up was also cleared off the line.

Accrington would rue that missed opportunity as moments later Ryan Lowe and Kelvin Etuhu combined to set up Rose, who side-footed home from 10 yards.

Stanley almost regained the lead before the break as Naismith curled a 30-yard free-kick against the post, while Tom Aldred sidefooted wide.

But Mayor put Bury in front with a superb strike, curling a 25-yard effort into the top corner of the net.

McNulty was shown a second yellow card for pulling back Gray but Bury survived, although Stanley substitute Shay McCartan went close to grabbing an equaliser.