Substitute Mark Cullen secured a draw for Bury against Stevenage in Kevin Blackwell's first game in charge.

Tom Hopper looped a header over stranded Boro keeper Chris Day to give the visitors an unlikely lead.

Marcus Haber levelled after the break with a powerful back-post header, before Greg Tansey's curling effort from 25 yards put the hosts ahead.

But Cullen tapped in Hopper's square ball from close range with five minutes on the clock to earn his side a point.

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Bury manager Kevin Blackwell told BBC Radio Manchester:

"We knew it was going to be tough because they play a certain style. They're big and strong, and I thought we coped with it well.

"I'm just disappointed that, in the end, we couldn't have come away with a win from a game that I think, overall, we shaded.

"I said to the players that they had to believe in themselves more. We had a little 10-minute spell where we switched off and we got punished for it.

"We're delighted to get back on the bus with that first point. The first thing you do is make sure you don't get beat and the lads have done that today."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Stevenage

  • 16 Day
  • 02 Gray Booked
  • 04 Charles
  • 05 Ashton (Risser - 45' )
  • 14 Roberts
  • 06 Tansey Booked
  • 07 Grant (Morais - 72' )
  • 08 Dunne Booked
  • 09 Haber
  • 11 Akins
  • 15 Freeman (Shroot - 82' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Arnold
  • 22 Comminges
  • 10 Morais
  • 17 Ball
  • 25 Risser
  • 32 Shroot
  • 23 Lopez

Bury

  • 01 Carson
  • 03 Skarz
  • 05 Lockwood
  • 17 Hughes
  • 07 Worrall
  • 08 Schumacher
  • 13 Carrington (Cullen - 82' )
  • 21 Jones
  • 12 John-Lewis (Marshall - 20' Booked )
  • 25 Healy (Sweeney - 65' )
  • 28 Hopper

Substitutes

  • 30 Belford
  • 16 Sodje
  • 04 Byrne
  • 06 Sweeney
  • 11 Marshall
  • 15 Elford-Alliyu
  • 19 Cullen
Ref: Scott
Att: 2,660

Match Stats

Shots

9 9

On target

4 5

Corners

6 2

Fouls

8 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:01

Lucas Akins is penalised for a handball. Peter Sweeney takes the direct free kick. Peter Sweeney sends in a cross.

90:00 +2:07

Long range effort by Steven Schumacher goes wide right of the net.

90:00 +1:54

Centre by David Worrall.

90:00

Corner taken right-footed by Filipe Morais from the left by-line to the near post, Adam Lockwood makes a clearance.

89:35

Greg Tansey takes a shot. Mark Hughes gets a block in.

89:07

Mark Cullen takes a shot. Save made by Chris Day.

88:03

Greg Tansey takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Peter Sweeney.

85:24 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

84:50

Assist on the goal came from Tom Hopper.

84:50 Goal scored

Goal! - Mark Cullen - Stevenage 2 - 2 Bury Mark Cullen fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Stevenage 2-2 Bury.

84:19

The ball is crossed by Marcus Marshall, save by Chris Day.

83:53

Filipe Morais concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrai Jones. Peter Sweeney takes the free kick.

83:08

Peter Sweeney takes a shot. Chris Day makes a save.

81:26 Substitution

Substitution Mark Carrington goes off and Mark Cullen comes on.

81:26 Substitution

Substitution Robin Shroot joins the action as a substitute, replacing Luke Freeman.

81:26

David Worrall sends in a cross.

79:57

The ball is swung over by Marcus Marshall, Lucas Akins manages to make a clearance.

79:31

Joe Skarz delivers the ball, Darius Charles makes a clearance.

78:12

Filipe Morais takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

74:14

David Worrall fouled by Lucas Akins, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Schumacher has an effort direct from the free kick.

73:47

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Freeman on Andrai Jones. Peter Sweeney takes the free kick.

71:33 Substitution

Substitution (Stevenage) makes a substitution, with Filipe Morais coming on for Anthony Grant.

66:15

Luke Freeman takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Steven Schumacher.

64:53 Substitution

Substitution (Bury) makes a substitution, with Peter Sweeney coming on for David Healy.

61:25

Luke Freeman takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Steven Schumacher manages to make a clearance.

59:11 Booking

Booking David Gray receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

59:03

David Gray concedes a for a foul on David Worrall.

55:08 Goal scored

Goal! - Greg Tansey - Stevenage 2 - 1 Bury Greg Tansey gets on the score sheet with a goal from just outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Stevenage 2-1 Bury.

53:09

Luke Freeman provided the assist for the goal.

53:09 Goal scored

Goal! - Marcus Haber - Stevenage 1 - 1 Bury Marcus Haber finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Stevenage 1-1 Bury.

52:55

Corner taken by Luke Freeman,

45:01 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Oliver Risser is brought on as a substitute for Jon Ashton.

44:08

The offside flag is raised against Marcus Marshall. Chris Day takes the free kick.

41:28

Steven Schumacher takes the free kick.

41:28 Booking

Booking James Dunne goes into the referee's book.

41:09

Foul by James Dunne on David Worrall, free kick awarded.

40:36

Foul by Marcus Marshall on Darius Charles, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Luke Freeman.

39:58

Effort from deep inside the area by David Worrall clears the bar.

37:09

Darius Charles restarts play with the free kick.

37:09 Booking

Booking Marcus Marshall is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

36:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marcus Marshall on Anthony Grant.

36:10

The ball is crossed by Anthony Grant, Header on goal by Luke Freeman from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

34:47

David Healy has an effort at goal from long range that goes wide left.

34:07

Luke Freeman has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.

31:50

Marcus Marshall is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Chris Day restarts play with the free kick.

29:31

Tom Hopper takes a shot. Chris Day makes a save. Corner taken by Steven Schumacher, Marcus Haber manages to make a clearance.

28:41

Luke Freeman takes a shot. Save made by Trevor Carson.

25:39

Assist by Adam Lockwood.

25:39 Goal scored

Goal! - Tom Hopper - Stevenage 0 - 1 Bury Tom Hopper scores a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Stevenage 0-1 Bury.

24:31

Foul by Darius Charles on David Healy, free kick awarded. Steven Schumacher restarts play with the free kick.

23:10 Booking

Booking Greg Tansey receives a caution.

23:02

Free kick awarded for a foul by Greg Tansey on Andrai Jones. Direct free kick taken by Steven Schumacher.

22:10

Luke Freeman sends in a cross.

20:59

Andrai Jones gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marcus Haber. Direct free kick taken by James Dunne.

19:23 Substitution

Substitution Marcus Marshall comes on in place of Lenell John-Lewis.

19:23

Shot from outside the penalty box by Greg Tansey goes wide right of the goal.

15:50

Unfair challenge on David Healy by Greg Tansey results in a free kick. Mark Hughes takes the direct free kick. Unfair challenge on Anthony Grant by Lenell John-Lewis results in a free kick. Jon Ashton takes the free kick.

13:41

Shot from a long way out by Greg Tansey goes wide of the left-hand post.

12:13

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Healy on Anthony Grant. Free kick taken by Jon Ashton. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Greg Tansey from the left by-line.

11:13

Foul by Lenell John-Lewis on Mark Roberts, free kick awarded. Mark Roberts takes the free kick.

9:32

David Gray fouled by Steven Schumacher, the ref awards a free kick. Luke Freeman takes the direct free kick.

8:18

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Schumacher on Greg Tansey. Chris Day takes the free kick.

6:46

The ball is crossed by David Worrall, Darius Charles gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Schumacher.

6:29

The referee gives a free kick against Anthony Grant for handball. Steven Schumacher restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

The referee gets the second half started.

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