Bury will head to Walsall on Saturday knowing that nothing less than all 3 points will be good enough.
Tuesday’s disappointing performance against local rivals Rochdale left the Shakers 12 points from safety, with just 6 games remaining.
The biggest positive to come out of the derby game was the continued development of youngsters Callum Styles and Ryan Cooney, who continue to impress after earning a starting berth in Ryan Lowe’s team.
The Shakers will be looking for a repeat of the CheckaTrade Trophy game at the Banks’s Stadium earlier in the season, when they were 2-1 victors over the Saddlers.
Manager Ryan Lowe is looking for a reaction from his team: “I want to see a lot of effort, passion and a bit of pride. We never had any of that on Tuesday night. We’ve addressed that with the players and a lot of them have come up with some answers that weren’t there for one reason or another. That’s ultimately up to them. I’ll take responsibility for the teams I pick, the players I put on the pitch, the substitutes I put on the pitch, the tactics and everything else. I can’t take responsibility for lack of effort, pride and passion. They’re aware of that, we’ve given them everything they need – now I want something back, and that starts on Saturday afternoon against Walsall.”
Defender Adam Thompson also admits the players have let people down, and have some making up to do with the Manager and the supporters: “Yeah we do, we have done the last few weeks, we’re doing everything we can on the training pitch to prepare us for the games. Since Lowey’s come in, we’ve been doing that. It’s all well and good doing that, but if we don’t produce when it matter then that’s when you’re going to get the stick which you deserve”.
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Last Time Out
Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary of Saturday’s game by signing into their account and visiting the match centre.
Overseas subscribers can watch the match live by following the same instructions. We will also have updates over on our Twitter account: @buryfcofficial. There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow.
Tuesday’s referee is Christopher Sarginson. This will be Christopher’s 40th game in charge this season. In his previous 39 games, he has issued 127 yellow cards and 5 red ones. His last game in charge was at Adams Park on Monday, as hosts Wycombe Wanderers defeated Grimsby Town 2-1. A total of 5 yellow cards were shown in that match.
We’ve Met Before
Tuesday’s game will be the 58th meeting between the sides in all competitions. The Shakers have 26 wins to Walsall’s 18, with 13 draws.