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Match Preview: Barnsley (A)

6 February 2016

The Shakers face a difficult game away at Oakwell on Sunday as they take on a Barnsley side on a high after beating Fleetwood to get to the final of the JPT and a chance to play at Wembley stadium.

Bury face Barnsley in Sky Bet League One on Sunday 7th February 3pm kick-off, looking to take all 3 points back to Lancashire in this war of the roses clash.


David Flitcroft’s men will be hoping to put the Emirates FA Cup defeat to Hull City behind them and get back to winning ways in the League. Before the Hull City tie Bury were undefeated in 3 games with wins against Bradford City (FA Cup), Oldham and a draw against Crewe and the Shakers will be wanting to get back to this sort of form in Yorkshire on Sunday.


Bury will be without Kelvin Etuhu for this game who was recently injured and will be missing for a further 6-7 weeks and also Ryan Lowe will miss the clash at Oakwell through injury. Other than these two injuries David Flitcroft will have a full team to pick from in what promises to be a difficult encounter.


A lot has been going on at Oakwell recently. The Tykes beat Fleetwood Town In the JPT semi-final to get to Wembley and set up a tie with Sky Bet League 2 side Oxford United, Sam Winnall and Lee Johnson won both player of the month and manager of the month and in what’s been recently confirmed manager Johnson is in talks with Bristol City in regards to becoming the new man at the helm with the Robins.


Barnsley come into this game in red hot form with 6 wins in a row in the league (which included an impressive 6-1 win over Rochdale) and with players like Sam Winnall who is scoring goals left right and centre Barnsley remain a very dangerous side. Adam Hammill and Aidy White are both doubts for Sunday but experienced defender Lewin Nyatanga could return after recovering from a knee injury. 


David Flitcroft used to manage Barnsley and managed to keep them in the Championship after a great escape which came down to the last day of the season against rivals Huddersfield which will still be remembered in Barnsley folklore in the 2012/13 season.


Speaking to Shakers PlayerHD David Flitcroft said:


“It’s another game, it’s winnable. Yeah there is emotion because of the history I’ve had with the club and the connections you make with people and like I said when you come up against teams like Rochdale and Barnsley where you’ve got that history it’s really important that we stick to the game plan.


“I’ve got to be in total control and the players have got to be in total control and our staff have to be to see the game plan through. It’s finding a way to clear what’s going on in your head and that’s something you learn to deal with. The history I’ve got with the club is pretty unique in my life because it was the opportunity they gave me to lead the club and that’s something as a number 2 for 7 years I never knew I could do.” Read the full article here.


Listen to live commentary of the match on Shakers PlayerHD from 2.45pm on Sunday.

Article written by The Football College at Gigg Lane student Andrew Gate.

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