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Preview: Blackburn Rovers v Bury

A look ahead to this evening's game at Ewood Park

3 October 2017

Lee Clark will ring the changes for the second game of this season’s Checkatrade Trophy, though not to the extent that we saw in the first game against Rochdale.

It’s also the chance to players returning from injury to get some valuable game time on the pitch.  Players such as Eoghan O’Connell, Andrew Tutte, Nicky Ajose may appear at some stage of the evening. It’s a night where, for the want of a better word, the Manager can experiment and try a few things with his side, their shape and formation.

Lee Clark called the first outing ‘an embarrassment to the badge’ following a humiliating 4-0 defeat at home, in a local derby game against your nearest rivals.  Now we face another local derby game with a side that we haven’t faced since 1980 – though they are a side that we have met on 80 other occasions before now.

Bury may field a stronger side than expected for this game, with Saturday’s game against Oldham Athletic already called off due to international call-ups.  Lee Clark may use this game to get a performance out of his players.

Blackburn Rovers’ fall down the Leagues brings them into the Checkatrade Trophy.  Last season also brought involvement for them, but as one of the invited Under 23 sides, but they were eliminated at this stage after defeats to Fleetwood and Carlisle and a draw with Oldham.

They had a successful evening in the first game of this season’s competition with a 1-0 victory over Stoke City at Ewood Park last month and will be keen to push on this time against the Shakers.

Should this evening’s game be all square at 90 minutes, both sides will be awarded a point.  The game will then go straight to a penalty shoot-out to decide a winner. The penalty shoot-out will be using the new ABBA system, the winning team will then be awarded an additional point.

Blackburn Rovers View:  Click here to visit the Official Blackburn Rovers website

Referee:  Tuesday’s referee is Mr Scott Oldham from Cumbria

So far this season, Scott has taken charge of seven games – showing 12 yellow cards and 1 red card.  His last game was on Sat 23 Sep when he took charge of the EFL Sky Bet League One game between Oxford United and Walsall at the Kassam Stadium.  Walsall won the game 1-0 and one yellow card was shown.

This game will be his first game as match referee involving the Shakers or Blackburn Rovers

Quick Betting Tip:  Bury are 11/2 to win the game whilst Blackburn Rovers are 8/15.  A draw is on offer at 3/1.

Top Ten Tips for the game

  1. Bury to win 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 – 13/2
  2. Bury to win by exactly two goals – 25/1
  3. Correct score – Blackburn Rovers 0 Bury 2 – 33/1
  4. Correct score – Blackburn Rovers 0  Bury 1 – 14/1
  5. Bury to win from behind – 25/1
  6. First goal inside the first ten minutes – 3/1
  7. Half Time – Blackburn Rovers 1 Bury 1 – 15/2
  8. Half Time – Blackburn Rovers 2 Bury 3 – 250/1
  9. Bury to score two goals in the 1st half – 16/1
  10. Bury to score in the first 10 minutes – 11/1

Click here for plenty of markets available on Tuesday’s game

We’ve met before:  Tuesday’s game is the 81st competitive meeting between the two sides.  The first time the two sides met was in the 1895/96 season when the two sides met at Blackburn in Division One.  Bury won the game 2-0.

The last time the two clubs met was on 3 May 1980 when the two sides met in the old Third Division, Bury won the game 2-1 at Ewood Park.

Over the years, Bury has won 31 games, with Rovers winning 34 games – the remaining 15 games have finished all square.

Ticket Prices:  Ticket prices for the game can be found here, please note the Match Day Ticket prices.

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Match Reports

Report: Blackburn Rovers 0 Bury 1

3 October 2017

Eoghan O'Connell, making his debut for the Shakers, got his first competitive touch in a Bury shirt on two minutes when he collected a quick ball from Joe Skarz and released it on the opposite side to skipper for the night, Phil Edwards.  Within two minutes he was showing no reaction to the knee injury with a great challenge on Danny Graham to win the ball back for Bury after a loose pass from Michael Smith has lost possession further up the field.
O'Connell was called into action again on nine minutes when Gladwin suddenly burst into the Shakers box, the former Celtic defender got enough on the ball to push the ball out for a first corner of the game.
Greg Leigh was beginning to have a lot of effect on the game and he was certainly causing problems with his raids down the flank, a tenth-minute touch saw him put the ball through the defender's legs, only for him to be then dragged down by the trailing leg.  Moments later and following another raid down the wing, he delivered a stunning ball into the box with pace and power, then seemed to fly an inch higher than the jump of striker Michael Smith.
Harry Dunn and Michael Smith are two players that obviously need a goal with both players striving and working hard, but not getting their rewards.  A chance of14 minutes saw Ince intercept the ball deep in the Bury half.  His ball forward found Bunn on the wing.  He confidently beat his man before playing the ball to Smith, whose first-time shot cannoned off the nearest defender and rebounded clear of the box.
Bury won their first corner on 15 minutes when Ince delivered a stunning diagonal ball across the pitch.  The first touch from Leigh was sublime as he burst into the Rovers box before a defender came across to blast it out for a corner.
Bury could have taken the lead on 20 minutes when an excellent arrowed cross from Maguire I the corner fell superbly for Greg Leigh.  He rose above a defender to head the ball but failed to find the target from close range.
Blackburn Rovers burst forward on 23 minutes when  Danny Graham stormed through the middle.  He looked to be through on goal after bursting past Eoghan O'Connell, the last man, but a late lunge from O'Connell was enough to poke the ball away for a corner.
Eight O'Connell showed more than his defensive skills on the half hour when he collected the ball at the back.  His charged forward and took the ball through the Rovers midfield and looked to be heading into the box.  He attempted the 1-2 with Bunn but the return ball from the Shakers striker was cleared by the home defence.
Both sides could have scored on 42 minutes. First a great shot from Chris Maguire from the edge of the box cannoned off a defender.  Blackburn broke quickly with Graham and his ball into the feet of Conway saw the obvious shot fly at goal.  Leo Fasan again did superbly and tipped the effort over the bar.
Bury started the second half the brighter of the two sides and it wasn't long before Smith took the ball wide and forward.  His powered cross into the box was hammered clear by the home defence, just as Chris Maguire has his foot raised for the shot on the six-yard line.
Bury continued to probe the Rovers defence on numerous occasions with Smith, Bunn and Maguire causing numerous problems for the hosts but perhaps the best chance came to Maguire on 69 minutes when he collected the ball into the middle of the park, he burst forward with the ball and attempted to chip Fisher from distance.  The ball though flopped onto the roof of the net.
Leo Fasan showed his prowess in front of his own goal on 72 minutes when Travis unleashed a stunning shot on goal from an acute angle, Fasan somehow managed to twist and dive backwards whilst tipping the effort around the post.
The only goal of the game came on 78 minutes. Jordan Williams whipped in a great cross from that corner that Harry Bunn connected superbly with a bullet header from close range. The Rovers keeper managed to stop the initial effort but was powerless in preventing Bunn from hammering the ball home from three yards for his first goal for the club.
With the game moving into an added four minutes, Greg Leigh should have sealed the win when he got on the end of a Chris Humphrey cross.  He hit the ball full on the volley, putting his laces through the ball with power and accuracy from four yards out - but straight at the keeper, who managed to beat the ball away from goal.
The game finished with a Shakers win, Harry Bunn's first goal and another debut for Bury with Eoghan making a very successful return to action following his pre-season knee injury.
Blackburn Rovers: Fisher, Hart, Travis, Nyambe, Platt, Chapman (Nuttall 57), Whittingham, Harper, Conway, Gladwin, Graham    
Subs not used: Thomson, Martin     
Bury: Fasan, Edwards, O'Connell (Shotton 70), Skarz, Williams (Humphrey 79), Leigh, Maguire, Ince, Reilly (Tutte 81), Bunn, Smith
Subs not used: Beckford, Ajose, Maloney, Dai
Attendance:  2,025

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