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Match Preview: Bury vs Charlton Athletic

12 January 2018

Bury will host Charlton Athletic on Saturday hoping for a repeat of last season’s result.

Although results haven’t been going the way of Chris Lucketti’s side, performances overall have improved and chances in the opposition box are on the increase.  The problem that remains are the individual errors which cost us in each game, something the Shakers’ boss is keen to eradicate: “It’s a repeating story, if I’m honest, with the goals we concede – they’re incredible.  If you tried to concede the goals that we’re conceding at the moment, I don’t think you could.  It’s not good enough – we’re talking senior, seasoned pro’s that are making mistakes week-in, week-out, and that’s not just the ones tonight (Fleetwood); it’s the one’s before, and everybody’s had a go.  I’ve given everybody the opportunity but when you concede goals like that – there’s no way you should be having to score 4 goals to win a game of football”.

One major positive is the increase in the number of chances being created at the other end.  Against Fleetwood Town on Tuesday evening we scored twice and 3 others were only denied by the frame of the goal.  Forward Harry Bunn, who was on the scoresheet against the Cod Army with a superb individual strike, knows that the team has to do better when the chances come “All the attacking players will hold their hands up, myself included, we’ve got to be better.  We’ve got to keep going, we’ve got to stick together and as long as the chances keep coming then eventually they’re going to turn into goals”.

Lucketti may decide to make more changes to his side for the visit of the Addicks.  Eoghan O’Connell left Tuesday’s match on a stretcher and a number of players missed the game due to being cup-tied.  Youngster Ryan Cooney may have given the Shakers’ boss something to think about following his performance midweek, and Tsun Dai, who scored his first goal in a Bury shirt after coming on at half-time, may also be knocking on the Manager’s door.

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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.


Saturday’s referee is Michael Salisbury.
This will be Michael’s 24th game in charge this season.  In his previous 23 games, he has issued 53 yellow cards and 2 red cards.  He last officiated on Saturday 6th January in the game between Northampton Town and Southend United at Sixfields.  The Cobblers won by 3 goals to 1 and just one yellow card was shown.

We’ve Met Before

Saturday’s game will be the 38th meeting between the sides in all competitions.  The Shakers have won 16 of those, Charlton 11 and the remaining 10 games have finished all square.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Bury 0 - Charlton Athletic 1

13 January 2018

Bury's bad set of results continued with a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Charlton Athletic, as Mark Marshall's second-half winner was enough to secure all three points for Karl Robinson's side.

There were two changes to the side that suffered the 3-0 defeat in the League at Plymouth Argyle last weekend, with Joe Skarz coming in for Craig Jones who is sidelined through injury, and Josh Laurent coming in for Neil Danns.

The first chance of the game fell to the Addicks. Jay DaSilva clipped a good cross into the box with Ben Reeves managing to get past the defence and get his head to it, but his header was sent hurtling wide of the post.

Another good move by the visitors saw Josh Magennis skip past his defender and find himself with just Connor Ripley to beat, but Ripley reacted well to smother the effort seeing the ball fall to Joe Aribo, but he couldn't capitalise with the follow-up.

Bury's first chance came in the 18th minute when James Hanson nearly opened his Shakers' account. A deep cross from Josh Laurent was put back into the box by Harry Bunn with Hanson getting on the end of it but he could only head wide.

A looping ball over the top caught out Bury's back three and bounced into the path of Magennis with just the keeper to beat for the second time during the first-half. He looked to lob Ripley but once again Ripley's quick reactions denied the visitors.

Karl Robinson's side almost went in front in the first-half through a Bury own goal. A Charlton free-kick from their right was floated into the box by Reeves, Nathan Cameron rose from the crowd and headed it backwards, but it was straight onto his own post, luckily the ball fell to Bury who managed to clear it to safety.


HT: Bury 0 – Charlton Athletic 0


Bury were presented with a good chance to take the lead early into the second-half as the ball fell to an unmarked Stephen Dawson on the edge of the box. He struck the ball as it came to his feet, but unfortunately, he fluffed his chance and produced one of those shots that you'd rather forget, seeing it fly way off target.

On the hour mark, Stephy Mavididi shaped up for an effort from distance, he unleashed his effort that had some real power behind it, in fact, a bit too much, which sent his shot well off target.

On the 63rd minute, the visitors broke the deadlock. Some great work by Aribo caused the Bury defence problems and he managed to cut it back to the edge of the six-yard box where Mark Marshall lay in waiting ready to pounce, and that he did, sending the ball straight past Ripley.

The Addicks almost doubled their lead minutes later after Mavididi had made a great run, cutting in and out before unleashing a shot from around 10-yards, but to the relief of the Shakers, Ripley managed to tip it onto the woodwork.

In the 74th minute, Chris Lucketti made his first changes of the game with a double substitution. Youngsters Ryan Cooney and Tsun Dai, who both featured in Tuesday's Checkatrade Trophy game against Fleetwood Town, came on for Joe Skarz and Zeli Ismail.

Bury should really have brought things level in the 89th minute with their best chance of the game. Tsun Dai put a good ball into James Hanson who headed down for Josh Laurent inside the box, but he sliced his effort wide of the post.

Bury pushed for an equaliser in extra-time, putting some long balls into the box but nothing came from their efforts and the Addicks held out to secure all three points.


FT: Bury 0 – Charlton Athletic 1


Bury: Connor Ripley, Greg Leigh, Stephen Dawson ( C ), Danny Mayor, Zeli Ismail (75' Tsun Dai), Josh Laurent, Joe Skarz (75' Ryan Cooney), Nathan Cameron, James Hanson, Harry Bunn (83' Chris Maguire), Peter Clarke

Unused subs: Joe Murphy (GK), Andrew Tutte, Phil Edwards, Neil Danns


Charlton Athletic: Ben Amos, Ahmed Kashi ( C ), Mark Marshall, Josh Magennis, Ben Reeves (85' Reeco Hackett-Fairchild), Ezri Konsa, Stephy Mavididi (87' Jake Forster-Caskey), Joe Aribo (90'+1 Johnnie Jackson), Jay DaSilva, Harry Lennon, Anfernee Dijksteel

Unused subs: Dillon Phillips (GK), Chris Solly


Attendance: 3295 (352 away)




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