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Match Preview: Coventry City (A)

12 February 2016

The Shakers take on Coventry City on Saturday, looking to put the disappointing defeat to Barnsley last Sunday behind them.

Bury will travel to the Ricoh Arena on Saturday 13thFebruary, 3pm kick-off, to take on Coventry City in Sky Bet League One looking to get a result against the Sky Blues.


The Sky Blues are currently sat in the League One play-off places, 5thin the League, however they are going through a dip in form which has ensured they have only won one game in six attempts so far in 2016.


The Shakers have already beaten Coventry once this season, at Gigg Lane with ex-Sky Blue forward Leon Clarke scoring a brace in a 2-1 win back in September.


Coventry’s biggest threat to the Shakers is the League’s top scorer Adam Armstrong who is on a season long loan at the Ricoh Arena from his hometown club Newcastle United. The Striker has scored 17 goals so far this season and will be looking to add to that tally on Saturday.


There are six players in the Bury side who have played for Coventry City in the past, the most high profile of these is Bury’s top scorer Leon Clarke who had arguably the best spell of his career at the Ricoh Arena during 2013 and 2014 where he scored 28 goals.


Bury Captain Nathan Cameron also knows the Ricoh Arena well having come up through their academy to make 52 appearances for the Sky Blues before being released in 2013. The other four players to have put on the West Midland sides kit are Danny Pugh, Chris Hussey, Reece Brown and Peter Clarke.


Bury manager David Flitcroft believes his side will go into the game on Saturday looking to be as competitive as they can against a very good side, with the hope of coming away with the three points.


Looking ahead to the game David Flitcroft said: “They’ve got a fantastic history, with a very good manager, so it’s a good place for my lads to go and be competitive, because want to be on the end of a winning result and three points.


“We’ve been working all week for it, the players understand the importance of competing and we are really looking forward to it.


“We are looking forward to taking on a vibrant Coventry team, and we will go into that with a great verve, because like I said we’ve flushed out what we did or didn’t do on Sunday and now we are ready to take on our next challenge which is Coventry.”


Kelvin Etuhu is expected to be pushing for a place in the squad after having a speedier recovery from a hamstring injury than first expected. The Shakers may also see the return of Danny Rose who was absent on Sunday due to a back strain.


Tony Mowbray may have a full squad to pick from with midfielder Romain Vincelot back available after a one match suspension, right-back Martin Lorentzson is also expected to return after recovering from a slight concussion picked up during the Sky Blues draw with Port Vale on Sunday.


Any Bury supporters paying on the day at Coventry should enter South Stand, Turnstile. Please note that it is CASH ONLY, there is a casino or shopping centre nearby both with cash points.


If you can’t make the match you can listen to live commentary of the match on Shakers PlayerHD from 2.45pm.

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