The Shakers take on Bradford City tonight looking to progress to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup for the first time since 2008.
Bury travel to Valley Parade tonight looking to turn around their recent form by coming away from Bradford with their first win in 5 games, which will also help gain momentum to take into their League campaign.
The two sides played out a hard fought 0-0 draw to take the tie to a replay, and both teams now know that a win will set them up against ex-Premier League side Hull City at home, which will be a more than good enough incentive, but not the main incentive, according to Bury manager David Flitcroft.
Speaking after the Fourth Round draw, Flitcroft said: “The draws been made, but I didn’t take too much out of it. It’s a case of, we still need to do a job against Bradford and they will feel exactly the same going into a home tie.
“Both teams have got a carrot in Hull City, but the stimulation is Bradford City because they are the opponents whether we got Hull City or Northampton or Chelsea in the next round, the stimulation is to beat Bradford.
“We’ll endeavour to be competitive against Bradford and then if the Hull game does come about we’ll plan for that, but at the minute it’s too far off for us to lay any thought in to it.”
Bradford City got themselves back to winning ways at the weekend with a 1-0 win over Oldham Athletic after a run of three games without a win, this will have given the Bantams a boost going into tonight’s game.
They will also be looking to maintain their 8 game unbeaten home record which ironically started against Bury in their League meeting back in October. This fact may give the Shakers even more incentive to end that run.
David Flitcroft will be without recent loan signing John O’Sullivan who is cup-tied after being in the Rochdale team that were beaten by Bury in the Second Round of the competition in December.
Craig Jones, who suffered a concussion in the home tie may be back available for the game after starting light training at the end of last week, however it may be too soon for him.
Ryan Lowe is another player that might make a return after being ruled out of Saturday’s game against Walsall with a chest infection. However, he will be fighting for a starting place with a number of other strikers, including Leon Clarke and Danny Rose who both impressed at the weekend.
The Bantams will be without loanee defender Reece Burke who is unavailable. They may also be without strikers Billy Clarke and James Hanson who will both be assessed before tonight’s match after picking up knocks during their win over Oldham Athletic on Saturday.
Tickets for the match are available to buy up until 3pm today, from the ticket office at Gigg Lane or by calling 0871 221 1885 (option 3) as well as being available on the gate at Valley Parade. Prices are as follows: -
Adults - £15.00
Over 60 - £10.00
Student - £10.00
Under 16 - £5.00
Ambuland Disabled – Carer Free – Age Related (Higher rate only)
Wheelchair Disabled – Carer Free – Age Related
If you can’t make the match, you can listen to live commentary from Valley Parade on Shakers PlayerHD.