Everything you need to know ahead of tomorrow's game against AFC Wimbledon...
Bury head into tomorrow’s game at home to AFC Wimbledon buoyed by recent performances and results. A superb win against then league leaders Shrewsbury Town, in what proved to be Ryan Lowe’s last game as Caretaker Manager, was followed by an away draw at Northampton Town and a CheckaTrade Trophy victory at Walsall.
Just the one goal has been conceded over the course of those games, and the Shakers have looked a lot more confident and lively in the attacking third.
An increase in the work-rate all over the pitch has been noticeable, and as Chris told us, talent without working hard means nothing: "Any success has got to be based on hard work, I’ll make no excuse for that. I’ve told the lads from day one hard work is expected. We know we’ve got quality but that quality can’t shine through unless the hard work is there; it sets the tone for everybody."
The Shakers will be happy to be back at the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane after successive away games, and our home form is something that can be a catalyst for the rest of the season: "Every game is important, home or away, but it’s really important you have a solid home record. It’s important we get 3 points on Saturday."
Chris and Joe Parkinson will be making their debuts in the home dug-out, something both of them are looking forward to: "I can’t wait’, Chris said. ‘It’s going to be a special day. The times I’ve spent at this club have been fantastic, it was unbelievable to be part of the success that we had. It’s going to be a really special day for me to be stood in front of that dug-out on Saturday’. Joe added ‘I’m a happy nervous – it’s something that gets me going. Since I got the call from Chris I’ve had that buzz inside me which I didn’t think I’d have again. I can’t wait to get going!"
The Dons’ side is likely to feature Tom Soares, who made 164 appearances for Bury, scoring 22 goals – most notably the promotion winning goal against Tranmere at Prenton Park in the final game of the 2014/15 season.
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Last Time Out
It was definitely one to forget for the Shakers!
AFC Wimbledon enjoyed a first-half blitz as they thrashed Bury for the second time in four days to extend the Shakers' winless run to 12 games.
Bury suffered a 5-0 hammering against the hosts in the FA Cup first-round replay on Tuesday night. The defeat brought an end to Bury's FA Cup hopes and David Flitcroft's reign as Manager. Unfortunately, the caretaker duo of Chris Brass and Ryan Kidd fared no better in the league.
Three goals in as many minutes midway through the first half killed the game off, the first coming when Dominic Poleon cut the ball back for Chris Whelpdale to divert home.
Less than 60 seconds later Poleon drove forward and fired an unstoppable long-range shot into the net before the forward turned provider again as he squared for Tom Elliott to make it 3-0.
In the 36th minute, Bury's Niall Maher fouled George Francomb in the box and the midfielder converted the resulting penalty, although James Vaughan nodded in Danny Mayor's cross before the break to get the Shakers on the board.
Francomb made it 5-1 just before the hour by calmly slotting Elliott's cross into the bottom corner.
Saturday’s referee is Eddie Ilderton.
Eddie has taken charge of 13 games this season – showing 35 yellow cards, whilst his red card has been shown on 5 occasions.
His last league game was on Saturday 25th November when he took charge of the EFL Sky Bet League One fixture between Doncaster Rovers and MK Dons at the Keepmoat Stadium. It was a 2-1 win to the home side and 2 yellow cards were shown.
We’ve Met Before
Saturday’s game will be the 9th meeting between the 2 sides in all competitions. The Shakers have won 2 of the encounters, Wimbledon have won 4, leaving 2 draws.
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