Bury's Kevin Blackwell: Southend pitch was 'treacherous'

Bury manager Kevin Blackwell described conditions at Roots Hall as "treacherous" after the Shakers were knocked out of the FA Cup by Southend.

The League Two side won 3-2 on penalties, after the second-round replay had finished 1-1.

Blackwell said of the freezing pitch: "The referee started the game and asked us at half time about it.

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He'll get man of the match and quite rightly

Kevin Blackwell on Southend goalkeeper Daniel Bentley

"But we've travelled all this way, we've played the first half, so we decided to try and give it a go."

He continued: "The players were terrific to keep going, and to finish it was unbelievable."

Blackwell revealed that Bury's journey to Essex on Monday took 10 hours because of a serious accident on the M6 in Cheshire.

Goalkeeper Daniel Bentley was Southend's hero, saving spot-kicks from David Worrall and Mark Hughes to secure a place in round three.

Blackwell added: "He'll get man of the match and quite rightly. He made crucial saves to keep them in the game, and then starred in the penalty shoot-out, so he'll be the one getting all the credit.

Meanwhile, the Shakers boss refused to comment further on Monday's news that the League One club have been placed under a transfer embargo after accepting a short-term loan from the Professional Footballers' Association.