All you need to know ahead of Saturdays game with Cheltenham Town
Bury v Cheltenham Town
Sky Bet League Two
Sat 31 August 2013 – 3:00pm
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Team News – Bury: Two goals in front with eight minutes left - concede six goals but score three in a cup game – you would expect anger and disappointment, but it’s far from that at Gigg Lane. The wave of positivity and optimism that is sweeping through Gigg Lane is starting another circuit.
Performances along have raised hopes, the first 70 or 80 minutes at Burton Albion have raised hopes. The fact that we can score three goals – away, against a very strong Premier League side have raised hopes – add to that a totally unknown non English speaking striker that has the ability to find the top corner from 40 yards – it’s just adding to the mood, the feel good factor that is enveloping the Shakers at the moment.
With Saturday’s game being a league game, the manager has a full squad to choose from. Jordan Sinnott didn’t even travel to Carrow Road after his parent club prevented him from being cup tied. He must convince the manager that his shirt is there for the taking, or wait his chance sat on the Shakers bench.
With recent additions to the Squad in the shape of Tommy Miller and William Edjenguélé, the side has that sudden strength about it. It’s certainly got a good depth, but now it’s got strength and goals are coming from all over the park.
Nine different goal scorer’s already. 16 goals scored before the end of August – last season it was 23 October before we had scored 16 goals. We’ve scored three goals a game on three occasions before the end of August – last season we scored three goals a game twice – in the entire season.
Strong at the back, strong in the middle and strong up top – Where will this take us?
Injuries are light with Tom Soares nearing a return to full training; his problem then is how does he get back in the side when they are playing this well.
Kevin Blackwell has a couple of problems to contend with. The first is how to keep players not involved happy, players that don’t even make the bench. Last season we couldn’t even fill a bench, yet now he has to control players that came here to play football, who are finding themselves sat in the stand.
His biggest problem though – is keeping everyone calm, stopping that optimism from taking over – and that includes the chairman, the directors, the staff, the players and supporters.
Nothing is won in August, nothing is won in September – this is a marathon, not a sprint.
Then you go and introduce a raw player, doesn’t speak a word of the queens, is in a totally hostile environment in that he doesn’t know many people here – yet he approaches every day with the biggest smile possible, every day Jessy Reindorf walks into the club smiling with a quick ‘Bonjour’ to team-mates and staff at the club. He absolutely loves life as a Shaker – he gets thrown onto the pitch against a Premiership side at 4-1 down and suddenly he becomes an instant cult hero.
There’s even talk of t-shirts being made – what is achievable for a player that nobody knows who can suddenly have 16,000 people on their feet applauding him after smashing an unbelievable goal from 40 yards.
He’s being kept quiet, his feet are firmly on the floor, he knows where his place is and he knows he will more than likely have a place on the bench on Saturday.
But if he does get on – somebody warn the Cheltenham keeper, somebody get him a hard hat. When Jessy gets his chance – you just know what he is going to attempt – Boom……
Team News – Cheltenham Town: It's time to get back to reality against Bury says Mark Yates
MARK Yates has backed his Cheltenham Town players to deal with their return to reality at Bury tomorrow after their midweek Capital One Cup exploits at West Ham United. The Robins pushed Sam Allardyce's men all the way before eventually going down 2-1 at Upton Park.
They will go from playing in front of more than 23,000 fans to performing in front of around 3,000 at Gigg Lane as they chase their second League Two victory in a row. Yates said: "West Ham was a great experience on a great surface in front of a big crowd. It's now back to reality and League Two football, but I have no doubts the boys will deal with that. We can take a lot of positives from it and go to Bury in decent spirits knowing those are the levels we have to get to every week now."
Only the 3-1 home defeat by Plymouth Argyle this season has irked Yates, whose team have taken four points from a possible 12 so far – the same as tomorrow's opponents?
"The players who have been here for a couple of years know what is needed to win games and be a successful side," Yates said. “The boys we've brought in know what it's about too, so we have to get back to working hard in the bread and butter of the league, going up north and putting a shift in. I have every confidence we will do that."
Cheltenham battled to grind out an ugly 1-0 win at Accrington Stanley last Saturday, with midfielder Jason Taylor scoring the winner. Ryan Inniss will continue at centre-half in place of hamstring injury victim Troy Brown. Yates' main selection decision is likely to be whether or not to recall Steven Gillespie up front in place of one of his midfield or wide men.
Jermaine McGlashan was preferred to the loan front runner at West Ham as 4-4-2 became 4-5-1. Yates said there was unlikely to be any further transfer dealings before Monday's transfer deadline, with the loan window reopening a week later, but Inniss will extend his youth loan from Crystal Palace.
"We have Jamie Cureton coming back from injury soon, although this weekend will be too early for him," Yates said. "It will be a real boost to have him back, but the other forwards have all done well and we have to make sure we put it all together tomorrow. I think we have enough defensive cover so I doubt there will be any more signings before the window closes."
For the second Saturday in succession Cheltenham were due to travel north on the eve of the game and stay overnight in preparation for the match.
Source: This is Gloucestershire
Form Guide (Last six games): Using the last six games played…
Bury: Over the last six games, Bury have won two (Crewe at home and Accrington at home), drawn one (Burton Albion away) and lost three (Chesterfield at home, Oxford United away and Norwich City away). Goals scored is twelve with fourteen conceded. One clean sheet has been kept.
Cheltenham Town: Over their last six games, Cheltenham Town have won two (Accrington Stanley Away and Crawley Town at home), drawn one (Burton Albion at home) and lost three (Chesterfield away, Plymouth Argyle at home and West Ham United away). Goals scored is nine with twelve conceded. One clean sheet has been kept
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The Referee: Saturday’s referee is Mr Scott Duncan from Northumberland. So far this season, Scott has taken charge of four games and has produced a total of seven yellow cards.
His last game was on Sat 17 August when he took charge of the Championship game between Burnley & Yeovil Town at Turf Moor. Burnley won the game 2-0 and five yellow cards were shown.
His last game involving the Shakers came last season when he took charge of the game with Shrewsbury Town here at Gigg Lane on 21 December 2012.
The game finished all square at 2-2, one yellow card was shown as Matt Doherty and Steven Schumacher grabbed the Bury goals.
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Finally: Be loud, be proud and support the lads – enjoy the game