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Match preview: Bury vs Blackpool

2 February 2018

Ryan Lowe’s side will exit the tunnel at the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane at 3pm on Saturday afternoon for their first home game in 3 weeks.

Last Saturday’s clash with Peterborough was postponed due to the Posh’s involvement in the FA Cup, and the Shakers’ boss took the opportunity to take the team on a training camp.

The last time Bury were in League One action was 2 weeks ago at the Kassam Stadium against Oxford United, where they showed terrific spirit to come back from 1-0 down to emerge victorious.  Goals in quick succession from substitutes George Miller and Harry Bunn turned the game the Shakers’ way, and they celebrated a 2-1 victory in front of a delirious – and very cold – 191 Bury supporters, who had made the trip South for the game.

The performance and result will fill Lowe with confidence that his side can back-up his promise that the side will fight for every ball, every goal, every point, and he knows that it all starts with ensuring the basics are done right “I want lads working hard, and working hard is running round putting tackles in, scoring goals, creating goals, defending, blocking challenges, ‘keeper saving it – that’s me, that’s football.  I’m not trying to invent any wheel, we just want to give them the best possible chance of going out there and getting 3 points and it starts with working hard”.

They will come up against a Blackpool side who have failed to score a goal in their last 4 games – the last time the Tangerines found the back of the net was in a 2-1 victory at Rochdale.  In total this season, Blackpool have won 4 games away from home – 3 in the League – drawn 6 and lost 8.

The Shakers’ boss isn’t taking the coastal side lightly though: “We’ve got to show Blackpool respect; they’re a good team, good Manager, good coaching staff, good players – but it’s a battle.  They’re coming to our home, we’ve got to turn it into a footballing battle if you like.  We’re gonna give it everything in our willpower to make sure that we get a win.”


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Saturday’s referee is Jeremy Simpson.
This will be Jeremy’s 29th game in charge this season.  In his previous 28 games, he has issued 114 yellow cards and 5 red ones.  His last game in charge was at Bramall Lane on Tuesday 30
th January as Sheffield United and Aston Villa played in a Sky Bet Championship game that the visitors won 1-0.  2 yellow cards were issued during the match.

 We’ve Met Before

Saturday’s game will be the 63rd meeting between the sides in all competitions.  The Shakers have the upper hand with 27 wins compared to Blackpool’s 20, with 15 draws.

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Match Reports

Bury 1 - Blackpool 1

3 February 2018

The Shakers fought back to earn a point against Blackpool thanks to substitute George Miller’s equaliser on his return to the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane.

After a quiet first half of chances, the away side broke the deadlock through Sean Longstaff’s accurate volley on the 53rd minute.

After coming off the bench, Miller found an important goal with seven minutes of normal time remaining but there was little time to find a winner.

Ryan Lowe named an unchanged team for his first home game as permanent manager of Bury following a crucial win at Oxford United two weeks ago.

Kyle Vassell was presented with an early opportunity to find the opening goal within eight minutes. He sprinted onto the end of a direct through ball that caught Nathan Cameron unaware, but the Blackpool striker’s low driven effort fired wide and into Connor Ripley’s side netting.

The visitors continued their threat on Ripley’s goal with Longstaff’s optimistic shot from 30- yards out. Despite the ball moving in the air, Ripley was on hand to confidently palm the ball out for a corner.

On 26 minutes, Longstaff slipped through a dangerous low ball into the Bury six-yard-box, but former Shaker Nathan Delfouneso misread the delivery and completely missed the ball in the process.

Zeli Ismail came the closest to scoring for the Shakers in the first half, his driven effort across goal forced Blackpool goalkeeper Joe Lumley into a quick reaction save to deny the winger a perfect end to the first 45 minutes.

Longstaff continued his attack on the Bury goal with a perfect volley from 25-yards that was out of Ripley’s reach, and which flew into the bottom left-hand corner just eight minutes after the break.

With the Shakers chasing the game, Ismail went for glory from 30 yards out in an audacious attempt to level the scores, but his right-footed effort dropped wide of the target.

There was another good chance for the Shakers when Neil Danns slipped a great ball into Bunn whose shot across the keeper was pushed away - the ball came to Leigh but his shot from the edge of the area was blocked.

On 83 minutes, just as the game seemed to be petering out, substitute Miller found the equalising goal in dramatic fashion with a slotted finish past goalkeeper and defender as the ball bobbled into the bottom right-hand corner.

Blackpool substitute Colin Daniel was whiskers away from scoring immediately after, as his shot from outside the penalty area narrowly missed the target.

Miller almost doubled his tally as he sprinted onto the end of a direct ball forward in the 91st minute, but his header goalwards was well saved by Lumley.

Next game for the Shakers is this Tuesday as they welcome AFC Wimbledon to the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane.


Attendance: 4,089 (963 travelling supporters)

Bury: Ripley, Edwards, Cameron, Clarke, Leigh, Ismail (Bunn 71), Dawson, Danns (Styles 86), Mayor, Maguire (Miller 57), Hanson

Unused subs: Murphy, Tutte, Thompson, Ince

Blackpool: Lumley, Mellor, Robertson, Tilt, Turton, Solomon-Otabor, Longstaff, Spearing, Cooke, Delfouneso (Daniel 77), Vassell (Gnanduillet 69)

Unused subs: Mafoumbi, Aimson, Ryan, Philliskirk, Agyei

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