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Match Preview: Barnsley (H)

24 December 2015

The Shakers take on Barnsley on Boxing Day at Gigg Lane, 3pm kick-off, looking to carry on their fantastic recent home form.

December, 3pm kick-off looking to celebrate the festive season with a win over the Yorkshire side.thBury face Barnsley on Saturday 26


The Shakers are currently in fine form at Gigg Lane with 4 wins in 5 games in all competitions, and have an almost fully fit squad for David Flitcroft to choose from going into the second half of the season.


The Tykes currently sit in the relegation zone, only 1 point above the bottom placed Colchester United. They are currently a very unpredictable side having won 1, drawn 2 and lost 2 in their last 5 games, however their last game was a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Wigan Athletic after going 3 games unbeaten.


Bury are sat 10th in the League, but only 1 point away from the play-off places with the top half of the Sky Bet League One table looking very tight, with all still to play for with 2016 looming.


Bury manager David Flitcroft knows Saturday’s guests Barnsley very well having managed the side between 2012-13. During his tenure he kept the side in the Championship against all odds before being sacked the following season.


Flitcroft believes that being sacked from the South Yorkshire side helped him grow as a person and as a manager, giving him the know-how to start a successful journey with the Shakers.


Speaking ahead of the match he said: “You find yourself, you certainly reflect on the big thing which is ‘why didn’t I get results?’


“That isn’t just on the training field, it’s about what went on before that and it’s the recruitment and everything that goes into that.


“It’s helped me massively with knowing what I wanted to do at Bury. When I spoke to the chairman it was a case of we all need to be on the same page.”


Barnsley will be without striker Ivan Toney who has been recalled by his parent club, Newcastle United, this could however pave the way for Ryan Williams to make his first start since September after recently returning from a groin injury.


Lee Johnson has no other injury worries going into the busy Festive Season as he is looking for his side to improve on their recent results and move out of the relegation zone.


David Flitcroft may be without Tom Soares who came off at half-time last Friday with a groin injury, however he will be buoyed by the return of Jacob Mellis who impressed after replacing Soares.


Joe Dodoo has now returned to his parent club Leicester City after a successful spell at Gigg Lane making 5 appearances and scoring 1 goal for the Shakers.


Rob Lainton is also progressing well with his return to full fitness just at the right time with Daniel Bachmann potentially leaving the club when his loan ends on 9th January.


Tickets for the match are priced at Category A.


Listen to live commentary of the match on Shakers PlayerHD.

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