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Match preview: Bury vs Southend United

12 February 2018

Bury and Southend will face each other on Tuesday evening in what promises to be an entertaining game.

Both sides have had similar seasons; neither had the best of starts, but after changing their respective Managers, they have started to pick up points at the right time.

Chris Powell replaced Phil Brown at Southend with the Shrimpers in 20th place and 1 point above the drop zone, but they have won all 3 games since Powell took charge, including a 3-1 home win over league leaders Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

Ryan Lowe took charge with the Shakers cut adrift at the foot of the table, but his charges are right back in it after 2 wins and 2 draws from the last 4 games, and the Bury supporters have fresh optimism.

The Shakers have been much improved since the legendary forward took the reins, and it’s something that has been a gradual process: “It just doesn’t happen overnight.  We’ve been working on it now probably for a month or so.  That’s what we’ve got to do, we’ve got to be solid, we can’t be easy targets, we can’t be easy to get beat, albeit as I’ve said before, some teams will think that we’re an easy rollover – we’re not.”

This will be Bury’s fourth match in the space of just 10 days, and the Gaffer explained the process used to help the players – “You always want games coming thick and fast.  We’re ready to go into a cryo-chamber again now, the Club are paying to make sure we go and do the right things, so they’ll be in a freezing cold machine – minus 140 degrees – in the next half hour when we leave the ground.  We’ve got to do things properly, and recover properly, and the lads are doing that, but we’ve got fresh legs available if needed.”

Defender Nathan Cameron, who made his 200th League appearance in Saturday’s draw at Bradford, thinks with the current form, the games are coming at the right time: “Yeah, 100%.  I think we’ve got momentum now, especially with scoring so late.  It gave us a massive lift and if we can pick up points on the road and win our home games then I think we’re gonna have a great chance.”

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Match Coverage

Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary of Tuesday’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 Martin Coy.
This will be Martin’s 25th game in charge this season.  In his previous 24 games, he has issued 49 yellow cards and 3 red ones.  His last game in charge was Plymouth’s 2-1 victory at Oldham on 27th January.  7 yellow cards were issued during that match.

We’ve Met Before

Tuesday’s game will be the 46th meeting between the sides in all competitions.  The Shakers have 11 wins compared to Southend’s 20, with 14 draws.

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Match Reports

Bury 0 - Southend United 0

13 February 2018

A goalless draw for the Shakers against Southend United was enough to extend their unbeaten run to five games.

There were chances at both ends in the game but there was nothing between the two teams in a tense match at the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane.

After Saturday’s dramatic end to the game in Bradford which earned the Shakers a valuable point, three changes were made to the starting line-up. Nathan Cameron, Neil Danns and Danny Mayor were replaced by Adam Thompson, Stephen Dawson and James Hanson.

Both teams were in good form before the game with the visitors winning their last three games under new Manager Chris Powell, but the Shakers were unbeaten in their last four games since Ryan Lowe’s return to the hot seat.

Within the first three minutes, it was a lively start in front of goal as George Miller came inches away from finding the target following a quick cross from James Hanson down the left before the ball ran out of play. That chance was followed by Freddie Ladapo’s low hit shot for the visitors, but it could only find the side netting after cutting in onto his left foot from the right wing.

The Shakers had to wait until the 23rd minute to find another sight of goal through Harry Bunn, the left winger turned his man and fired a shot at goal from distance but he could only find the side netting.

On 36 minutes, a nice combination between Miller and Zeli Ismail allowed the latter to take aim at goal from the edge of the penalty area, his shot was deflected but could only bounce wide of the target.

Lowe’s side bravely weathered the storm in the final stages of the first half as they came under heavy pressure from the away team but managed to hold on to their position at the break.

Six minutes into the second half, Miller’s persistent chasing of the ball mounted the danger on the Southend defence as he did all the hard work before rounding the goalkeeper, he crossed the ball back for Hanson, but the experienced striker was unable to find enough power in his header to beat Mark Oxley.

Dru Yearwood had a golden chance to find his side a goal on the 61st minute with a header inside the penalty area, following Ladapo’s battle with Connor Ripley in the air, but his header dipped way over the crossbar.

Another chance was to follow for the visitors as Shayon Harrison’s effort from 18-yards out was parried excellently by Ripley, the rebound fell to substitute Jermaine McGlashan but he was unable to find the target from close range.

With two minutes of normal time remaining, Ben Coker dribbled his way free of the Shakers' defence before firing low to Ripley’s left, a shot which was equalled by the Bury goalkeeper.

Next up for the Shakers: they travel to Ewood Park next Monday to face Blackburn Rovers in front of the live television cameras.


Attendance: 2,795 (224 travelling supporters)


Bury: Ripley, Edwards, Clarke, Thompson, Leigh, Ismail (Tutte 46), Laurent, Dawson (O’Shea 81), Bunn, Hanson, Miller

Unused subs: Murphy, Maguire, Dai, Cooney, Adams

Southend United: Oxley, Demetriou, Ferdinand, Turner, Coker, McLaughlin, Timlin, Yearwood, Kightly (McGlashan 46), Ladapo, Harrison (Fortune 82)

Unused subs: Bishop, Klass, Kyprianou, Robinson, Bwomono

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