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16 August 2013

Andy Procter looks forward to his first game against former club Accrington Stanley

Midfielder Andy Procter will face his former club Accrington Stanley on Saturday for the first time since leaving to join Preston North End, speaking to Shakers Player, he tells us of his mixed feelings at playing against the Reds, but stresses that Bury need to start collecting some points.

‘We were disappointed with the result at Oxford after we had worked hard to get back into the game, but then got ourselves undone by a set piece though I thought we were a little naïve in the way we lined up for it and defended it.  The way we played and against a team that is fancied to be up there challenging in league two is credit to the boys, but we are going to have to start putting points on the table now.

We have talked about how we lined up to defend that free kick, both myself and Richard Hinds thought that we should have defended it as if it were a corner, but obviously things happen in the game and it’s difficult to get your point across in the heat of the moment.  The way we went out and took the game to them in the second half, and down to ten men was good.


We had a lot of possession and we have shown just what a good side we do have here.  If we keep working hard, then surely it’s only a matter of time before we start to see the results come.

I still haven’t seen that second free kick again, but Nathan Cameron’s second yellow card was for running at the referee aggressively, I don’t want to sound like Arsene Wenger, but I haven’t seen it yet.


It’s disappointing to lose him for the weekend, he’s obviously a big member of the squad here and he’s done well in the opening few games at centre half, but this will give the chance for somebody else to come in now and we have a good enough squad to do that.

Saturday will be good, obviously I spent a lot of time at Accrington and have a lot of friends there, and I had a really good affinity with the fans there, but I’ve never played against them since leaving.  Preston was in the league above.  It will be strange playing against them but it will nice to see a lot of good people at the club again.

There’s only three or four players still there from when I played for them, but a lot of the staff haven’t changed and do they do have a real hard core of fans that follow them up and down the country, and I am sure they will be here in force on Saturday.

It was a handy side when I was there.  John Coleman was really good at picking up players from obscurity and developing them.  I think it was the fact that the majority of us got the chance to play and he was prepared to work with you and earned the club some money in the end.

Saturday’s game is hugely important for us because we want that result.  Recent performances certainly warrant a result, but without using a cliché – talk is cheap, we do have to start putting points on the board and being more clinical, a bit more ruthless.  The gaffer has being using the word ‘smart’ this week.  We need to be more clued up in games and start picking up points.

Goals have to come from all over the team, the amount of crosses that we have put into the box compared to other teams is huge.  We need to start getting on the end of a few of them and start keeping clean sheets at the other end.  It’s certainly a recipe for points.”

Watch a clip of the Andy Procter Interview on YouTube,
or watch the entire video interview on Shakers Player


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