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Match Preview: Colchester United (H)

19 February 2016

The Shakers take on bottom of the league Colchester United tomorrow in Sky Bet League looking for their second win of the week.

Bury face Colchester United on Saturday 20th February in Sky Bet League One, 3pm kick-off, with the aim of continuing to turn their form around and climb up the table.

The Shakers were on the end of two heavy results in a week last week losing 3-0 to Barnsley and 6-0 to Coventry City, with morale within the club and within the fanbase at a low.

However, the strong-willed Bury side fought back against Sheffield United on Tuesday night to beat them 1-0 at Gigg Lane and Assistant Manager Ben Futcher has stated that the win gave everyone at the club a lift and morale boost.

“When you get a result like that against a club like Sheffield United it does give everyone a lift and everyone connected with the club including the staff and the fans, it has given everyone that boost that was needed.”

Craig Jones has stated that it hasn’t just given the club a morale boost, but it has given everyone the hope they need to start looking up the table instead of down.

He said: “We’ve got to kick on the season again and we need to be looking up the table, I think after the last few results people started to say we are only 7 points off the drop, but I like to try and look up because we are only 10 points off the play-offs.

“We have a home game now on Saturday and we need to back it up with another performance.”

Colchester themselves are currently on a bad run which has seen then stay winless in the League for 17 matches, this run has plummeted the Essex side to 24th in the table, 8 points from safety.

However, Futcher has stated that the team prepare for every game the same whether they are playing a team sat 1st or 24th in the table, because the League is so tight.

“We’ll do the same thing we’ve done for all our games, we’ll get the preparation spot on, we’ll address it as if we are taking on a side top of the league, nothing changes depending on who we play.

“They are on a bad run, but no one had us down as beating Sheffield United after what happened against Coventry, so at this level anyone can beat anyone.”

With no new injury concerns David Flitcroft may opt to stick with the side that beat the Blades earlier in the week. Although Tom Pope who came off the bench after sitting out last Saturday’s match due to a broken wrist will be looking to force his way back into the team.

Colchester United manager Kevin Keen has a number of players unavailable to him including Matt Briggs, Alex Wynter, Sammie Szmodics and Marvin Sordell. Alex Gilbey will also be unavailable as he serves the final game of his three match ban.

Tickets for the match are priced at Category C.


If you can't make the match, you can listen to live commentary of the match on Shakers PlayerHD from 2.45pm tomorrow afternoon.

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