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Match Preview: Barnsley (H)

23 February 2016

The Shakers go head-to-head with Barnsley tonight looking to revenge their 3-0 defeat at Oakwell two weeks ago, while building on their 5-2 win over Colchester United.

Bury face Barnsley on Tuesday 23rd February 2016, 7.45pm kick-off, with the possibility of leapfrogging their way from 14th to 10th which would include overtaking tonight's South Yorkshire opponents.


The Shakers are looking for their third win in 8 days after overcoming a disappointing run of form to score 6 goals in 2 games and start their potential climb up the table showing motivation to go on a good run of form.


Bury’s defeat against Barnsley on Sunday 7th Feb was the start of what looked like the downfall of the Shakers’ season, however they showed tremendous resilience and grit to beat promotion hopefuls Sheffield United 1-0 two games later, they then backed that up at the weekend with an emphatic 5-2 win over Colchester United.


After a disappointing start to the season Barnsley went on a run of 8 games without a defeat which resulted in the departure of manager Lee Johnson to pastures new. Development Squad Manager Paul Heckingbottom took charge of his first game after Johnson’s departure against the Shakers. Since the Tykes 3-0 win over Bury, they have won one and lost one which epitomises their inconsistent season so far.


The Tykes will be without Aidy White who sustained an ankle injury against Doncaster Rovers at the weekend, George Williams who replaced him might retain his place in the team.


David Flitcroft may be without two important players with Leon Clarke and Tom Soares both being substituted due to injury. Leon Clarke who suffered an hamstring injury will be assessed before the match. However, Tom Soares who suffered a facial injury may be available to play with a facemask which is an avenue Flitcroft is looking into.


With the Shakers potentially missing top scorer Leon Clarke, two strikers who were on the bench for Saturdays game - Danny Rose and Tom Pope - will be pushing for a starting place with Ryan Lowe also looking to keep his place in the Starting XI.


The Shakers are still without Kelvin Etuhu and Rob Lainton who are not ready to return to the fray just yet.


Tickets for the match are priced at Category A.


If you can't make the match listen to live commentary of the match on Shakers PlayerHD from approximately 7.30pm tonight.




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