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Preview: Charlton Athletic v Bury

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22 September 2017

Bury will ring the changes from Tuesday night’s thrashing in the Checkatrade Trophy.  Lee Clark changed all eleven players on Tuesday and only one player came away with praise from the Manager.
It’s fairly safe to say that Mihai, or Alex Dobre, will start the game at The Valley on Saturday after his performance during the 4-0 home defeat by Rochdale.  Lee Clark could also be considering a recall from a player that was to be shown the door with Neil Danns suddenly back in the frame for a first team call-up.
The performance from the mercurial midfielder brought food for thought from the Manager following Tuesday’s game. ‘He’s given me something to think about’ said Clark following the game.
A visit to Charlton will be far too early for the likes of Eoghan O’Connell, Jay O’Shea, Andrew Tutte or Craig Jones.  Whilst O’Connell and O’Shea are back in training following their respective knee problems, a lack of match fitness may see them play in a series of behind-closed-door games before they are considered ready.
Tutte & Jones, although still under the supervision of the Shakers’ medical team, may be at least a month away from being considered ready.  Add Danny Mayor to the equation and it becomes at least two months before he’s ready to go.  We may see Stephen Dawson back and fit before we see Danny Mayor on the pitch again.
Another player that will return to the side is Jermaine Beckford.  Jermaine was one of many first-team regulars that kicked every ball and headed every ball whilst sat in the Main Stand on Tuesday evening.  They know how much that result and performance hurt supporters.
There is a strong resolve to put right the wrongs from the lads and the management staff.  All know how damaging Tuesday evening was, all are showing that resolve to get onto the pitch on Saturday and put in the shift needed to put it right.
Last season, this was Lee Clark’s second game in charge.  A 2-1 win at Chesterfield had lifted the spirits before Bury visited the Valley.  Ryan Lowe’s 21st-minute goal claimed all three points and things started to look a little brighter.
Something similar on Saturday would make things look brighter…
The Opposition View: Click here to visit the Official Charlton Athletic Website
Last time out:  Charlton Athletic 0 Bury 1 – Sat 25 Feb 2017
Ryan Lowe scored a first-half winner as Bury's survival hopes received another major boost with victory at Charlton. The victory was Bury's third in their last four games and saw them put further daylight between themselves and the League One drop zone.
The Addicks thought they had grabbed a seventh-minute lead, only for Patrick Bauer to see his strike cancelled out for a foul on Leon Barnett. Stephy Mavididi flashed a low drive just wide as the hosts continued to press, but it was Bury who broke the deadlock in the 21st minute after Charlton failed three times to clear their lines before Lowe converted from 10 yards.
Lee Novak came agonisingly close to restoring parity with a header which cannoned back off the crossbar and the striker was denied again moments later by the quick-thinking of Joe Murphy. Barnett cleared the danger from Mavididi's deflected shot, while Charlton keeper Declan Rudd had to be alert to push behind Hallam Hope's volley at the other end.
An unmarked Novak really should have done much better with his header after getting on the end of an inviting Ricky Holmes cross as Charlton continued to push for an equaliser. Bury were a threat going forward as well though, and Greg Leigh produced a decent save from Rudd before Jacob Mellis blazed over from the rebound.
Tony Watt's 87th-minute curler tested Murphy but Charlton could not find an equaliser and Bury almost added a second deep into stoppage time when George Miller's shot was somehow kept out by Rudd.
Referee:  Saturday’s referee is Mr Dean Whitestone from Northamptonshire
So far this season, Dean has taken charge of 9 games – showing 23 yellow cards and one red card.  His single red card came during his last game – a 4-1 victory for Portsmouth against Fleetwood Town last weekend.
Dean’s last involvement in a Bury game was on Sat 19 November 2016 when he took charge of the Shaker's visit to the Cherry Red Records Stadium for a League One game with AFC Wimbledon, three yellow cards were shown in that game.
Quick Betting Tip:  Bury are 16/5 to win the game whilst Charlton Athletic are 3/4.  A draw is on offer at 29/10
Top Ten Tips for the game:
  • Bury to win 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 – 14/1
  • Jermaine Beckford first goal of the game and a 1-0 Bury win – 50/1
  • Michael Smith first goal of the game and a 2-1 Bury win – 66/1
  • Bury to win by exactly two goals – 14/1
  • Bury to win and both teams to score – 6/1
  • Correct Score only – Charlton Athletic 1 Bury 2 12/1
  • First goal – Beckford – 6/1
  • Last goal – Maguire – 8/1
  • To score a hat-trick – Jermaine Beckford – 2/1
  • To score in 90 minutes – Nathan Cameron – 14/1
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Report: Charlton Athletic 1 Bury 1

23 September 2017

October 1966 was the last time Bury lost a game at the Valley, a 4-0 defeat back in the same year England won the World Cup.

Bury showed their intent as early as the first minute when Jason Pearce thought he had more time on the ball, facing his own goal, he suddenly found Jermaine Beckford bearing down on him for the challenge, and looked even more stunned when Beckford actually took the ball from him.  The Bury skippers charge at goal though didn’t last for long as he attempted to turn around another defender, only to slip and lose possession.

A great chance for the Shakers came on 5 minutes with another raid down the flank from Greg Leigh, his ball into the box looked to be heading for Michael Smith, but the former Portsmouth striker could not put his power through the ball and only managed to pass the ball to keeper Ben Amos.

Bury took the lead on nine minutes as Josh Laurent won the ball in the middle of the park, he quickly charged forward and released a curling pass forward towards Beckford.  The Shakers skipper collected the ball and with a quick shuffle of his feet, took the ball towards the Charlton box.  With his covering defender expecting a pass, Beckford suddenly placed the ball into the top corner of the goal with an exquisite shot to put Bury in front.

Bury suffered a body blow on 16 minutes as Nathan Cameron came out of a challenge still on the floor, a quick signal to the dugout saw the obvious disappointment on his face as it quickly became obvious that his afternoon was over with what Lee Clark later confirmed as a thigh problem.  Alex Whitmore was quickly made ready and replaced Cameron, with the Shakers defender receiving a standing ovation from the 335 Bury fans.

Greg Leigh began to show some authority down the flank and was soon peppering the Charlton area with crosses of a telling nature.  One such cross came on 22 minutes when he managed to ride two challenges in the corner before firing the ball across the face of goal from a very acute angle.

Charlton created a chance on 26 minutes Karlan Ahearne-Grant suddenly burst through the Shaker's backline.  With Joe Murphy racing off his line to meet the ball, Ahearne-Grant attempted to lob the ball into the back of the net, but could only find the roof of the net with his effort.

Another chance came to Josh Magennis three minutes later when he managed to turn and shoot at goal from the edge of the box, but keeper Murphy was more than equal to the effort and pulled off a smart save to deny the former Kilmarnock striker.

With the home side applying the pressure as they attempted to get back into the game, the next chance came to Tariqe Fosu on 33 minutes.  The tricky player ran the ball across the face of the area before unleashing a ferocious drive at goal but didn’t account for the bravery of Tom Aldred as he threw his body on the line with a stunning block on the chest to deny the effort.

Chris Maguire was the next to test Addicks keeper Amos, this time with a well-placed shot that Amos was forced to dive at and tip around the post for a Bury corner, but the home side got back into the game three minutes later.

A deep cross into the Bury box found the head of Josh Magennis, who rose to simply head the ball down and across Murphy to find the bottom corner of the net.

Charlton began the second period the brighter of the two sides but resorted to long-range drives.  Two shots from Fosu and Forester-Caskey both saw their efforts sail harmlessly over the crossbar within minutes of the restart.

Neil Danns almost made the perfect return to the side on the hour when a looping shot on goal, whilst he was almost falling backwards, brought a stunning save from Amos as he stretched to tip the ball over the bar.

Joe Murphy again proved his worth as he kept the scoreline down with a great save to deny Magennis on 69 minutes, this time he seemed to change direction mid-air to get a hand to a header that seemed certain to find the bottom corner of this net.

Murphy was at it again on 76 minutes and from the same player.  From a corner, Magennis rose on the six-yard line to head the ball at goal with a powerful effort.  Murphy seemed unbeatable as he beat the ball away with his hands from the point-blank header.

Alex Dobre had the next chance for Bury with a fine run and shot on goal, his initial effort was blocked but with the ball running loose, Josh Laurent followed up with a long-range drive that flew high over the bar.

Finally, and with both sides unable to break each other down, the game finished with a very creditable 1-1 draw for the Shakers.

Charlton Athletic: B Amos, C Solly, P Bauer, Jay da Silva, J Pearce, T Fosu-Henry, B Clarke (J Dodoo, 78), K Ahearne-Grant (E Konsa Ngoyo, 64), A Kashi, J Forster-Caskey, J Magennis

Subs not used: M Sarr, R Hackett-Fairchild, J Jackson, J Aribo, D Phillips        

Bury: J Murphy, P Edwards, T Aldred, N Cameron (A Whitmore, 18), G Leigh, C Humphrey, C Maguire (M Dobre, 67), J Laurent, C Reilly (N Danns, 55), M Smith, J Beckford

Subs not used: L Fasan, R Lowe, J Williams, H Bunn

Gate:  9,895 (335 travelling Bury fans)

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