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Match Preview: Blackpool (H)

30 October 2015

The Shakers take on local rivals Blackpool at Gigg Lane in Sky Bet League One on Saturday 31st October, kick-off 3pm.

Bury take on Blackpool at Gigg Lane tomorrow afternoon in Sky Bet League One looking to get back to winning ways after a slight dip in form over recent weeks.


David Flitcroft’s men haven’t won a game in their last 5 outings, but the Manager believes that the most important thing to change their performances is to stay positive throughout the week, which he believes is possible with the staff he has.


Speaking ahead of the game, Flitcroft said: “My mood and my staffs mood depicts what is going to go on for the rest of the week.


“We can’t change the past; the only thing I can affect is the next game, so I really work hard on that as a person and a manager in terms of making sure we flush down Saturday’s work to start again on Sunday/Monday.”


This will be the first time in 13 years that the Shakers will take on the Seasiders in a competitive fixture, which will set a positive atmosphere for the match and make for a great game as both sides will be looking to get bragging rights in the local area.


The Shakers also have two players that have recently turned out for Blackpool in Peter Clarke, Jacob Mellis and Chris Eagles, and both players will be looking get one over their old teammates.


Blackpool started the season poorly, picking up only 1 point in their first 5 games. However, they have now substantially picked up their form and are currently unbeaten in their last 5 games.


This form has seen them move out of the relegation zone, and now sit 19thin the League. They will be looking to make it 6 games unbeaten at Gigg Lane on Saturday, and could potentially move up to 16thin Sky Bet League One if they take three points back to the Lancashire coast.


Bury have a number of injuries in their ranks which means that David Flitcroft has had a smaller squad to choose from than he would have liked, however with a lot of quality still in the squad they are more than capable of staying competitive in the League.


Captain Nathan Cameron was injured during last week’s game at Shrewsbury Town, although it is not as bad as first believed, he is still expected to miss out on tomorrow’s game.


Kelvin Etuhu – a player who has been out of action for the majority of the season so far – is now back in training, but will not ready for match action yet.


First choice goalkeeper Rob Lainton is expected to be out for another 5-7 weeks with a hip injury. To accommodate this Aaron McCarey was brought in on loan, however after he also was set back by an injury Stoke City youngster Daniel Bachmann has been loaned in and will start in net against the Seasiders tomorrow.


Blackpool manager Neil McDonald, is expected to have striker Martin Paterson available after he has been plagued by a hamstring injury. McDonald will however be without Liverpool loanee Lloyd Jones who is out with an ankle injury.


If you can’t make the match, listen to live commentary of the match on Shakers PlayerHD.

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