A look ahead to Saturdays game with Oxford United
Bury v Oxford United
Saturday 17 December 2016 – 3:00pm
EFL Sky Bet League One
Preview: The appointment of Chris Brass as Head Coach brings stability to the club. Chris Brass knows the players, he certainly knows the club and he has been a pivotal part of the whole plan, since David Flitcroft was appointed manager three years ago, and it is an important part of the bigger picture is that the plan remains on track although the huge amount of injuries and certainly the large number of suspensions, in recent weeks, have attempted to derail that plan.
Whilst performances have improved in recent weeks positive results, which are the key part of the equation, are still missing and getting one of those results is the main aim for Chris Brass, Ryan Kidd and Chris Sedgwick as we head into the final game before Christmas. Three points would set things up perfectly going into the festive period although one point would also, gladly, be taken.
Antony Kay returns to the side, following his one game suspension last weekend at Bristol Rovers, and even though he wasn’t involved, Kay still turned up on Friday morning to get on the bus to head to Bristol – to support the lads and to play the captains role off the pitch.
Ultimately, though the performance may have improved, individual errors, again, cost the side badly last weekend with Bristol Rovers claiming the points in a 4 – 2 win.
None of the injured players are expected back for this weekend’s game with Oxford. Craig Jones will be assessed prior to the game whilst both Neil Danns and Jacob Mellis sit out the game following their respective red cards.
Antony Kay returns to action following his one game ban for five yellow cards whilst Niall Maher also returns, following his suspension for his red card against Millwall. The poser which Chris Brass now faces is does he revert young Jacob Bedeau to the bench to allow senior players back into the side? Or does he follow that confident performance from the youngster’s debut last weekend? We’ll know the answer to the question come 2pm on Saturday.
Leon Barnett (calf), Kean Bryan (thigh), Ishmael Miller (hamstring), Chris Brown (knee) and Nathan Cameron (knee) all remain on the injury list whilst Craig Jones will be put through a fitness test on Saturday.
Oxford have also been dealt a blow ahead of the clash after Aaron Martin was ruled out for the remainder of the season with an Achilles injury. Martin sustained the problem during the U's 3-0 FA Cup replay win against Macclesfield and was taken to hospital for scans. The full extent of the damage is not yet known but boss Michael Appleton believes the defender's campaign is over.
Joe Skarz is also likely to miss the Shakers clash with a niggling back problem. "Joe is still struggling a bit," Appleton told the club's official website. "We won't risk him if it's not right, especially because we have nine days before the next game after Saturday to get him right."
Referee: Saturday’s referee is Mr Darren Drysdale from Lincolnshire. Saturday’s game is only Darren’s third game this season and, during his previous two games, he has shown a total of four yellow cards and one red card. His last game was on Saturday 10th December when he took charge of the EFL Sky Bet League Two game between Leyton Orient and Accrington Stanley. The O’s won the game 1-0 with three yellow cards and one red card shown.
Darren’s last visit to Gigg Lane was on Saturday, 19th September 2015 when he took charge of the Shakers 1-0 victory over Port Vale and no cards were shown during the game. Since joining the Football League list in the 2004-05 season, Darren has taken charge of 15 Bury games, showing 59 yellow cards and 5 red cards and Saturday will be his 8th visit to Gigg Lane as match referee.
Betting: Bury are 13/5 to claim all three points, whilst Oxford are at Evens. A draw in on offer at 13/5
Five top tips from Sky Bet
1. James Vaughan to score anytime – 13/8
2. Bury to win 1-0 – 10/1
3. James Vaughan first goal and a 1-0 win – 35/1
4. Bury to win the game – 13/5
5. Bury to keep a clean sheet – 7/2
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Coverage: Full match commentary is on Shakers Player HD from around 2:45pm with Maurice Dickson and Brian Rigby. Video interviews with Chris Brass and key players from the game will be live on Shakers Player HD on Saturday evening.
Ross Cooke’s match action images will be live on our Facebook account will also be live on Saturday evening.
We will also have the game covered, via our official Twitter Account (@buryfcofficial), from kick off with team news being sent through all social media channels from 2pm.
Programme: The new-look match day programme will be on sale in and around the ground from around 1pm on Saturday so make sure you grab your copy at just £3.
Tickets: Category C Prices apply for this game – Click here for all ticket prices
Cash turnstiles will be open from around 1:45pm. You do not need to buy a ticket before entering the ground. Away supporters, paying on the day, can pay directly at the turnstiles using cash only.
Please remember that the ticket office can now be found at the rear of the Club Shop on Match Days
Visiting Supporters: Click here to read our first time visitor guide to Gigg Lane
And, finally, please get behind the lads tomorrow, make plenty of noise – BE LOUD, BE PROUD, BE BURY!
Enjoy the game!