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Flitcroft: The Dale Game will be an Occasion

3 December 2015

Bury Manager David Flitcroft believes that Sunday’s game against Dale in the Second Round of the FA Cup will be an occasion.

The Shakers face local rivals Rochdale on Sunday 6thDecember, 12pm kick-off, in the Second Round of the Emirates FA Cup in a game that will be live on BT Sport.


Bury Manager David Flitcroft believes that being on the TV will not give him or his side any extra pressure, instead they see it as a reward for beating a strong Wigan Athletic side comfortably in the first round of the competition.


He has stated that the panel that decides what games will be covered live, will have picked Sunday’s game due to a large number of reasons including the fact both teams play entertaining football.


Speaking to Shakers PlayerHD ahead of the match David Flitcroft said: “I don’t see it as pressure, I see it as a reward for knocking out the best team in the competition, we knocked out Wigan who were the best team in League One with fantastic history. The way we played in that match was fantastic.


“When the game against Rochdale was drawn it probably went to a footballing panel and they wanted to see two good footballing sides, as well as the fact it is a local derby, there’s history between the two sides and history between myself and Keith Hill too.


“Both sides will be battling it out for a place in the third round of the FA Cup, and it will be an occasion.


“It’ll be an occasion because our fans will turn up in their numbers, and it’s a great day for them as they have travelled away from home really well for the last 10 months.”


The Gaffer believes that the town of Bury are now starting to see the positivity that is emanating from Gigg Lane, which is lifting the negativity that was over the town when he first took over at the club.


The game being on the TV will help the town see that the Club are on the up, but the team know that will only happen if they put in a good performance.


He explained: “As a town we probably know what is going on at the Football Club, but it is a slow process, when I first came in we were under a black cloud, but I think that has lifted.


“There’s still some black cloud there, there is no doubt about that, but it’s the Chairman, the player and my job to make sure the Club is progressing and keep the momentum going, and a few poor results certainly won’t derail us or our plan.


“In fact it makes me even more determined to get this right and keep giving the supporters what they deserve, a TV game always gives you an opportunity to show how professional you are, as long as there is a desire and commitment to what you are doing and there certainly will be that.”


Watch the interview with David Flitcroft on Shakers PlayerHD below:

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