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Match Preview Blackburn Rovers vs Bury

19 February 2018

Bury will travel the short distance to Ewood Park on Monday evening for their first League game there since May 1980.

Both sides will be hoping for all 3 points, but for very different reasons. For Bury, a win would be a huge step towards securing their League One status for another season; for Rovers, a victory would see them leapfrog Wigan and Shrewsbury Town so sit atop the table.

Manager Ryan Lowe knows the game won’t be easy, but also knows what his side are capable of: “Blackburn are a very good team. They’re up there for a reason, they’ve got very good players and we’ll respect that but ultimately we’re going there to upset the party. We’re going there to potentially get 3 points. We’ll go there with a game plan, but we’ve got a battle on our hands first because they’ve got some quality players. If you win your individual battles you never know where it’ll take you”.

The Shakers were victorious at Ewood Park earlier on in the season, as Harry Bunn’s goal was enough to secure a 1-0 win in the CheckaTrade Trophy group stage.

The League One game between the two sides at the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane finished with a win for Rovers, but Lowe has promised it won’t be as easy for them this time around: “Tony Mowbray’s a well knowledgeable fella, he’s a great Manager and I’m sure he’s not going to underestimate what we’ve been doing of late. Regardless of the run we’ve been on, they’ll respect us and we’ll respect them. Ultimately, we’re both fighting for 3 points. It’s been a good run of late and we want to continue that because for us to get out of this mess we’ve got to continue that.

We’ve got to get points on the board, as many points as we can possibly get, so they’ll be expecting – and they’ll see – a very different Bury side to what they faced last time”.

A large number of Bury fans are expected to descend on Ewood Park to give the Shakers their vocal backing, and defender Peter Clarke is full of praise for them: “The fans have been top drawer – they were when I was here previously. That’s testament to them, it’s been tough but the fact that they’ve stuck with the team, with the players, with the Manager, is brilliant”.

 

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Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary of Monday’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.

 

Referee

Monday’s referee is John Busby. This will be John’s 35th game in charge this season. In his previous 34 games, he has issued 87 yellow cards and 4 red ones. His last game in charge was on Tuesday 13th February at Colchester United, as they beat Coventry City 2-1. No cards were issued during that match.

 

We’ve Met Before

Monday’s game will be the 83rd meeting between the sides in all competitions. The Shakers have 32 wins, Blackburn have 35, with 15 draws. 

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Blackburn Rovers 2 - Bury 0

19 February 2018

After an uncomfortable opening 45 minutes for the hosts, Tony Mowbray’s Blackburn managed to secure two second-half goals to send them to the top of Sky Bet League One, as the former Premier League Champions ended Bury's unbeaten run under Ryan Lowe. 

Danny Graham took his tally to 10 in the league for the season, getting on the end of a superb Bradley Dack cross not long after the restart. Just a quarter of an hour later, Adam Armstrong doubled the lead after a defensive error presented him with an open goal.

Rovers had started the opening minutes of the game well, however, chances were limited after some good defending from the Shakers. The only real chance for Blackburn came after a ball high in the air was avoided by Nathan Cameron, who let Clarke take the lead, he missed the ball, but Ripley was equal to Graham’s effort.

The Shakers came forward themselves early doors, Ismail had a good chance to find Miller in the box, but his cross was too deep. Miller did get a chance for himself, but a speculative 25-yard attempt didn’t trouble Spaniard David Raya in The Rovers’ goal.

After spells of solid defending from The Shakers in the opening half an hour, Ryan Lowe’s side still managed to craft some good chances, mainly through the pace and trickery of Danny Mayor down the left-hand side.

The best chance of the half for the hosts fell to Elliott Bennet, as he found acres of space in behind the Bury defence on the left, but Peter Clarke did tremendously well to block the effort, as the ball looped up and landed on the roof of the net.

The best chance for The Shakers in the opening 45 minutes fell to Josh Laurent, the Wigan loanee picked the ball up around 30-yards from goal, after skipping past a couple of defenders, Laurent let a fierce right-footed shot off, but it was only whiskers wide of the post! The chance came after yet another piece of superb pressing from George Miller.

The first half ended the same way it started, with Nathan Cameron stopping a Rovers attack. The Shakers will have been the happier of the sides, with the Ewood faithful becoming more and more frustrated as the half went on.

HT: Blackburn Rovers 0 - Bury 0

The Shakers started the second half extremely well, with Laurent coming close with a left footed shot from inside the box, but it took an exceptional block from Rovers’ skipper Charlie Mulgrew to deny Laurent.

Lowe’s side came forward again, Danny Mayor carried the ball forward, he had options in the form of George Miller but decided to go alone, but his effort was blocked by Rovers’ back line.

It took Mowbray’s men 6 minutes to open the scoring in the second half. Danny Graham laid the ball off to the right to Bradley Dack, Graham then made his way into the area to get on the end of a dinked Dack cross, Graham’s header was too good for Ripley as the ball found the bottom corner.

The Shakers responded well, just minutes later, Harry Bunn picked the ball up in his own half, he charged forward unchallenged, despite his brilliant run, Bunn couldn’t get enough bend on the ball as the effort was agonisingly wide of Raya’s post.

Not long after the hour mark, Rovers had doubled their lead, Adam Armstrong capitalised on a defensive error as an Elliott Bennet cross was deflected, and appeared to be going out of play, but Cameron kept the ball alive, only to see Armstrong poke the ball home before he could get the ball clear.

Bury still came forward in the closing stages of the game, a fantastic dummy from Neil Danns allowed substitute Jay O’Shea to get on the ball on this right-hand side, he managed to find Miller with the cross but Raya was equal to the effort.

The Shakers will be disappointed to not take anything from the game as they matched a side at the opposite end of the table to them for large parts of the game.

FT: Blackburn Rovers 2 - Bury 0

 

Blackburn Rovers: David Raya, Derrick Williams, Richie Smallwood, Danny Graham (Marcus Antonsson 62’), Charlie Mulgrew ( C ), Amari’i Bell (Ryan Nyambe 67’), Adam Armstrong, Bradley Dack, Darragh Lenihan, Corry Evans (Jack Payne 62’), Elliott Bennett

Unused Subs:Jayson Leutwiler (GK), Dominic Samuel, Paul Downing, Willem Tomlinson

  

Bury: Connor Ripley, Greg Leigh, Danny Mayor, Phil Edwards (Jay O’Shea 77’), Zeli Ismail (James Hanson 67’), Josh Laurent (Andrew Tutte 77’), George Miller, Nathan Cameron, Neil Danns ( C ), Harry Bunn, Peter Clarke

Unused Subs: Joe Murphy (GK), Adam Thompson, Chris Maguire, Stephen Dawson.

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