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Match preview: Bury vs Wigan Athletic

23 March 2018

Near neighbours Bury and Wigan Athletic will lock horns on Saturday as both teams compete for an important three points, but for very different reasons.

The Latics currently sit in 3rd place in Sky Bet League One, just 2 points from leaders Blackburn Rovers.

Bury, meanwhile, currently occupy last place in the division, and will be looking for the maximum points available to beat the drop into League Two.

Shakers’ boss Ryan Lowe knows Wigan will be tough opponents but is focused on the problems his own side can cause: “They’ve done unbelievably good.  Paul Cook’s got them playing the right way, they’ve got a good togetherness, a good team, good staff and everything about it – they’ve had an amazing season so far.  They’re potentially going to get promotion, but we’ve got a task at hand as well – we’re not going to die down for anyone.  We’ve got a task in terms of trying to get points on the board so it’s hopefully going to be an interesting game!”

George Miller has been in fine goal-scoring form for Bury, scoring 5 goals since returning to the Club at the end of January, but midfielder Jay O’Shea knows the side can’t rely on one person all the time “Everyone needs to try, whether you’re a centre-half or whatever, you still need to chip in with goals.  It’s not fair to leave it on one person so everybody needs to be trying to chip in”.
 
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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

Saturday’s referee is Jonathan Moss. This will be Jonathan’s 28th game in charge this season. In his previous 27 games, he has issued 93 yellow cards and 3 red ones.  His last game in charge was on Monday 12th March as Premier League leaders Manchester City were 2-0 winners over Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium.  1 yellow card was shown in that match.

We’ve Met Before

Saturday’s game will be the 50th meeting between the sides in all competitions. Of the previous 49, both Bury and Wigan have 18 wins each, with 13 draws.

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Bury 0 - Wigan Athletic 2

24 March 2018

The Shakers were beaten 2-0 by a strong Wigan Athletic side that rise into the automatic promotion places.

Wigan opened the scoring in the 26th minute as Nick Powell poked in from close range after the Shakers had dominated early proceedings.

Chey Dunkley’s bullet header beat a helpless Connor Ripley to double the lead and secure all three points for the away side.

Ryan Lowe made three changes to his side ahead of the game: Ryan Cooney, Stephen Dawson, and Neil Danns came into the side following last week’s defeat at MK Dons. Cooney’s selection in the starting line-up meant the 18-year-old started his first senior league game for the Shakers.

Former Bury striker James Vaughan returned to the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane with a Wigan side full of confidence and fighting for promotion.

Nathan Cameron’s front post header was the closest either team came from finding the target in the first 15 minutes of the game. The Shakers centre-back beat his man to the header, but he was unable to divert the ball goalward as it crossed the face of goal and dipped inches wide of the right-hand post.

On 21 minutes, Lowe’s side worked an opening in the final third as Jay O’Shea opted to lay off Dawson rather than go alone, but the latter’s shot from the edge of the penalty area flew over the crossbar.

Five minutes later, and against the run of play, the visitors found the back of the net through former Manchester United man Powell. Michael Jacobs’ delivery from the left flank found Powell waiting inside the penalty area before he poked the ball into the goal without any hesitation.

Peter Clarke’s back-pass to Connor Ripley fell short of the initial target on the 37th minute as Vaughan rushed to intercept, but a combined effort from Clarke, Cameron, and Ripley prevented Vaughan and Powell from doubling the lead.

With one minute left on the clock before the half-time whistle, the away side countered through a patient Powell who picked out Jay Fulton 18 yards out, however, his shot was beaten away by a commanding Ripley.

 

HT: Bury 0 - Wigan Athletic 1 

 

The visitors eventually doubled the lead six minutes after the break, centre-back Dunkley headed in a perfect deep corner from Max Power in front of the travelling supporters.

O’Shea went on a mazy solo run into the visitors' penalty area, beating two defenders in the process, but his shot was parried away at the front post by former Shakers goalkeeper Christian Walton.

Vaughan found the back of the net after 64 minutes with a close-range tap-in, but the assistant referee intervened to give offside.

The last 20 minutes of the game lacked any real chances with the visitors seeing out an important win.

Next up for the Shakers is a trip to Bristol Rovers in six days’ time as they will be hoping for a Good Friday in the West Country.

 

FT: Bury 0 - Wigan Athletic 2 

 

Attendance: 5,207 (2,040 travelling supporters)

Bury: Ripley, Cooney, Clarke, Cameron, Leigh, Mayor (Maguire 72), Dawson (Styles 63), Danns, Bunn, O’Shea (Hanson 77), Miller

Unused subs: Murphy, Thompson, Dai, Ince

Wigan Athletic: Walton, Byrne, Dunkley, Burn, Elder, Power, Powell (Perkins 69), Colclough (Massey 85), Fulton (Roberts 63), Jacobs, Vaughan

Unused subs: Jones, Grigg, Cole, Bruce

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