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Build on Tuesday

1 March 2013

Kevin Blackwell on a good week and looking forward to Saturdays game with Crawley Town

“If you looked at the local reports from Tuesday night’s game, many of them actually said that our performance was way ahead of the Swindon performance.  I’ve had calls from a few radio stations and sky sports and they all told me how well we played on Tuesday.  There is a little bit of frustration there at the moment because it’s not quite happening for them.  They have lost their manager and don’t look as confident as they have been, there were some comments said but mostly from frustration.  I don’t care what they say; it was around 75 to 78 minutes before they had a shot on target.  The lads have played well this season, but Tuesday was a great performance.


We were worried about Ethan Ebanks-Landell on Tuesday, but he’s been back to Wolves for some treatment and thankfully he should be ok for Saturday.  Thankfully, and apart from the obvious injuries, we are ok and fit for Saturday.

We cannot confirm about Stephane Zubar until next Wednesday, but he has gone back to Bournemouth now to see what they say, but the scans are not good.  In our own mind, we have written him off for the season and if we get him back for anything, then it will be a bonus.  There is a chance we may get Adam Lockwood back, but if we do, it will be for the last two weeks of the season.

We have the possibility of getting either Hughes or Sodje back.  Unfortunately Mark Hughes has torn his calf muscles in Accrington’s game against Rochdale on Tuesday, so he’s out.  He was back with us on Thursday just to get some treatment and he will have a scan on the injury to assess it.

People at Swindon were talking to me before and after the game about some of their players and how much they were costing them.  I had to tell them that the last four players’ we brought in cost us something like £680 for the lot.  It is possible to do business and get decent players, and that is something I will look at the end of the season, but right now we are fighting for our lives and trying to stay in this division and that’s what I want to do.

As a club, we have to include the players, the management and the fans.  We have to all work together in harmony; if you do then you will get great results.  On Tuesday the numbers that did travel were so vociferous; it’s all we could hear and to out sing a crowd of 7,000 was unbelievable.  For any manager, its music to your ears when you hear the home crowd baying for blood from their own players.  You know you are doing a great job.

When I first came here, I said that this would be a challenge, and I said from day one that we would be in this until the very end.  In that first 14 or 15 games before I came in, if only we could have picked up another five or six points then we could be comfortably further up the table.  It’s a frustrating time.

We like this high tempo training, and it’s ironic that we have seen sunshine on Thursday.  We’ve not had rain in Bury now for around five days, the pitch on the training ground is bone dry and you o get worried that somebody will go down with a knock.  We still have to train at a tempo though.  Paulo Di Canio was working very hard on Swindon’s fitness, but we absolutely matched them and more.  At this stage of the season, it’s not about training them hard; it’s about the games now.

Now we have a run of games at home and it’s important now that we march on. We are in the position that we needed to be, now it’s down to us to capitalize on it.  The only frustration for me is that we are thin on numbers.  If we had one or two more in the right area, then you can see this team actually doing something in the league.  You are going to have ups and downs.  Friday frustrated me because for 60 minutes, there was only one team in it but we turned off in that ten minute spell.  We got punished in that ten minutes, if we had weathered that spell, then who knows.

These kids have to continue with the level of performance from Tuesday.  But we have to remember that these are kids.

Now its Crawley, there have been some comments made that have upset the chairman for some reason, but I work for Bury FC, Richie works for Crawley, but the beauty of this is that the game is about the players and it will all be sorted on the pitch.

Watch the full video interview with the gaffer on Shakers Player

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