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Match Preview: Oldham Athletic (A)

22 January 2016

The Shakers make the short trip to local rivals Oldham Athletic tomorrow afternoon looking for their second win in a week.

Bury travel to Oldham Athletic’s SportsDirect.com Park on Saturday 23rdJanuary in Sky Bet League One, hoping that their penalty shootout win over Bradford City in FA Cup will start the momentum rolling.

 

The Shakers have been on a recent run of disappointing results in the League causing a slow slip down the table which sees Bury currently sitting 15th. However, this doesn’t take into account the tight nature of the League with the Shakers currently only 8 points away from a play-off spot with two games in hand over the majority of sides in the play-offs.

 

Oldham are currently sitting 23rdin the League, 6 points adrift of safety and in a poor run of form which hasn’t seen the Latics win a game in the League since mid-November. This poor form cost Manager David Dunn his job at the start of the year, with John Sheridan taking over the reins looking to change the team’s fortunes around starting with the Shakers on Saturday.

 

David Flitcroft has stated that John is a “proven winner” which makes him wary of the threat Oldham will bring, especially due to the fact this may make opposition analysis harder, although Flitcroft believes they will be just as ready as they are for any other match.

 

Speaking ahead of the match David Flitcroft said: “You look into what John did at Plymouth and at Newport, you study that and then do an in-depth study into their game last Saturday.

 

“Obviously he could change things around, they’ve had a full week to do something different or change something, but we get it right most of the time in terms of what the opposition could do or might do or will do and we pride ourselves on that.”

 

John Sheridan will however be wary of the fight and commitment the Shakers will bring to the fold after watching their battling shootout win over Bradford City on Saturday at Valley Parade.

 

Speaking about what Sheridan we’ll have taken about the Bury side he will face on Saturday, Flitcroft said:

 

“He’d have seen the fight, he’d have seen a team galvanised and the togetherness and character, so he’ll know Oldham are in for a tough game. They’ve had a difficult season so far, but John Sheridan is a winner that’s how he sets his teams up.”

 

Bury will be without captain Nathan Cameron after the central-defender was sent off during the Shakers’ mid-week game with Bradford City. They will have late fitness tests on Danny Rose and Craig Jones, although it is expected that tomorrow’s game will be too soon for either of them to make a comeback.

 

The Shakers also still have only one fit goalkeeper in Ian Lawlor with both Rob Lainton and Jack Ruddy expected to be out for the next couple of games.

 

Oldham will be without suspended full-back Connor Brown after being unsuccessful in their appeal against the red card he received in their defeat to Bradford and will now serve a three-match ban.

 

On-loan Burnley right-back Cameron Dummigan is a doubt with a calf injury and experienced striker Ricardo Fuller has been released from his contract from the club.

 

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


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