Richie Barker believes his side can make a bid for the play-offs after two goals from Jamie Proctor made it a successful return to Gigg Lane for the Crawley boss.

Barker left Gigg Lane after 15 months in charge to join Crawley in August and saw his side complete the double over their ailing hosts and move up to 12th in the table with a comfortable 2-0 victory.

He said: "I thought we were fantastic. We've been playing well for a while now without necessarily getting our rewards, but that is as good as we have played away from home this season.

"We passed the ball well, scored two good goals and really should have come away having won by three or four.

"I suppose my only complaint is that we didn't get a third goal, which would have saved us any anxious moments in the last 10 minutes, but that's only a minor thing because we were excellent all over the pitch."

The Shakers had gone into the game on the back of a morale-boosting win at Swindon last Tuesday, but boss Kevin Blackwell described their performance as "absolute rubbish."

He said: "I can only apologise to our supporters for that - we were awful - absolute rubbish.

"The boys were high as kites after the win on Tuesday so I just don't know where that performance came from to be honest.

"We never really got going and conceded two poor goals.

"All we can do is put that in the box, send it on its way and move on to the next game."