Kevin Blackwell on trialists, Doncaster and moving forward.
“The languages are coming on well with all the trialists that we have into the club over the week, unfortunately I can’t say the same about the trialists players that we have had. We are looking at players that are out of contract, we are looking at the non-contract route in getting more players in – it’s like panning for gold. We had sixteen players and there was only one that has shown anything, but even then I am not sure he is ready to go straight into the first team.
It’s a difficult one, but we have to do it. It’s no good me saying that we won’t do anything. We have to do something. If I can find someone from getting them in, then I will keep doing it. We have another 15 coming in on Monday, another 20 the following week – we will keep doing it until I find something from it. I need somebody to come in now, and if they can give me eight or nine games, that might be just enough. We are looking short term at the moment.
Its Doncaster on Saturday and at the moment, it doesn’t make any difference if we play a team at the top of the table, or a team at the bottom of the table. We went to MK Dons last week and should have beaten them. It doesn’t matter. That’s been our Achilles heel since before I came here – we can’t score the goals.
We all know that has been the problem. Strikers are of a premium in any league. All the other aspects of the team is coming together, and a lot of fans stopped me after the Shrewsbury game and told me, they can see it coming together, they can see what is happening here and they know that we need to finish or maybe even got a little piece of luck in front of goal. Luck comes from good players and ability. We need more quality in; it’s down to quality all over areas.
Nicky Ajose and Andy Bishop will both benefit from time on the pitch last weekend at Shrewsbury. Both haven’t played a lot lately. Nicky is back at where I think he feels most comfortable. I’ve had two phone calls about him this week, he’s not done this or he’s not done that. He’s lazy or whatever. Well he’s not shown any of that to me. He’s been smiling and I think he knows that his si the place where he really shone and I know the crowd love him. I know he wants to show them that he wants to be home. I am looking forward to seeing what he can do for us. He is one that will take people on and beat them, he will excite people, and he will get them off their seats. If he can do what I think he can do, then he will excite not just me, but the crowd as well.
Bish needs a game, that’s obvious. He’s played around four games for me since I came here. He’s been injured all the time. The biggest Achilles heel for us is that Healy, Bishop and John-Lewis – who were to carry the club in this division – have been totally unavailable bar eight games. That’s frustrating. The likes of Hopper and Hewitt, young kids that didn’t even have a league game under their belts until they came here, were really carrying the can. They needed a rest but we couldn’t do that because we didn’t have the option to do that. Bish is getting fit now, Healy played in the reserves at the weekend and both are available for the weekend.
The set of lads here at Bury, to a man – I’ve not had a single problem with. They have all been really good, professional. Some are frustrated that they are not playing. They have shown all the correct attributes and to be one win from safety, those attributes had to be there – because if they weren’t, then we would have been relegated by Christmas.
I spoke to the manager at Colchester the other day and he asked my why Bury were suddenly hard to beat. That’s music to my ears. Bury are a tough team to play against, home or away. Even though Tranmere beat us 1-0 in the last home game, you would have thought they had won the title by the noise they were making in their changing room. That’s how big they thought the result was.
If we can get the luck that I think we deserve, then we will be ok. We have to keep making chances, keep pressing teams, keep going and hopefully our luck will turn.”
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