David Flitcroft believes that although the game is of importance to the fans, it has to be seen as just another game for the players.
Bury Manager David Flitcroft has kept his feet firmly on the ground by downplaying the importance of his sides local derby against fierce rivals Rochdale on Saturday, saying that it is just another game.
David Flitcroft is hoping his side will control their emotions on Saturday against local rivals Rochdale, with both sets of fans putting a great significance into the match and it’s meaning for the local area.
The Shakers have started their first season back in Sky Bet League One brilliantly, having only lost one game in their first 12 League games, and the Gaffer has stated they won’t be doing anything differently in terms of preparation for tomorrow’s game.
Speaking to Shakers PlayerHD ahead of the game against Rochdale: “I approach it exactly the same as every other fixture, because it is just another game.
“People are talking about us having to play different or in a different manner – an aggressive manner - but we need to play in a controlled manner.
“I have to make sure we are in control, there’s another 99 points to play for after this game, and that’s what we do, we look at the whole season and how we fit into them phases in the season.
“We’ve had a decent start, it’s just another game against a team who again have started off well themselves. We don’t approach it any differently we’re still putting all the work in this week.
“The fans will be up for it and I’ve got to make sure the players remain disciplined, organised and emotionally controlled, because other people will put significance into this game and it’s down to me to downplay the game.”
David Flitcroft has expressed his delight at the increase in home supporters attending matches in recent months, and hopes that this trend will continue for the foreseeable future.
The Gaffer believes that the increase in attendance this season has also been helped by the amount of northern sides in the League and the importance of these local fixtures for fans.
He explained: “The League’s been designed with a lot of northern teams in it, we have a lot of local derbies to look forward to this season, for example there was 4,500 home support against Wigan last Saturday, which shows there has been a real upwards surge in home support which is desperately what we need to keep building on the progress at the Club.
“The only way we can keep progressing is by driving up the attendances at the Club and pulling that support in to Gigg Lane.“
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