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Bury ‘Toothless’ without Striking Duo

29 March 2016

Bury manager David Flitcroft has admitted that his side look 'a little bit toothless' up-front without strikers Leon Clarke and Tom Pope.

Bury’s unbeaten home record of seven games ended with a 1-0 defeat to promotion chasing Gillingham at Gigg Lane on Easter Monday, however Bury manager David Flitcroft felt that his side looked full of energy until the final third.

The Shakers are currently without top goalscorer Leon Clarke and six-goal striker Tom Pope, who are both currently out due to injuries. Add to that young striker George Miller who has been ruled out for the rest of the season, this has lead David Flitcroft to being low in fire power.

There are currently only two contracted strikers fully fit, Ryan Lowe and Danny Rose, with Blackburn Rovers striker Nathan Delfouneso on a months loan at the club which finishes in four games time on 19th April.

Speaking to Shakers PlayerHD after Bury’s 1-0 defeat to Gillingham on Monday, David Flitcroft said: “We got the ninety minutes in for Ryan (Lowe), we are still trying to get (Nathan) Delfouneso up to match fitness due to not playing a lot of games, and the three of them (including Danny Rose) are sharing the work at the minute.

“I think we are missing Leon Clarke and Tom Pope and their fire power. I thought we moved the ball around really well, we were full of energy and created a lot of chances as we got the ball wide excellently, but then we looked a little bit toothless during the last bit of work.”

Due to this lack of fire power, David Flitcroft is keeping his fingers crossed that he will have a number of players back available to him for Saturday’s trip to high-flying Burton Albion.

These players may include winger Craig Jones (concussion) and midfielder Kelvin Etuhu (hamstring) who are now, according to Flitcroft, close to making appearances in the match day squad.

He explained: “We are hoping for some players to come back into the picture, we’ve had a boost with Craig Jones as he doesn’t need the two week concussion situation, he had a brain scan and that came back very positive, so we’ll see how he does in training on Thursday and Friday with a view of getting him in the team.

“We might possibly have Kelvin Etuhu back in the reckoning for the weekend as well, and Tom Pope will start training with us again, but we’ll probably have him back next week.”

The Shakers however have been dealt a blow with the news that Danny Mayor may have a hamstring injury which could potentially keep him out for a number of games.

The playmaker felt his hamstring get stiff in the first 30 minutes of Monday’s game against Gillingham, although Flitcroft is hoping that the injury is not serious and will not keep last season’s Sky Bet League Two player of the year out for long, or at all.

He said: “It’s a potential hamstring injury, Danny knows himself now so he came off as a precaution. I don’t feel it’s a tear, because you sort of know the incident.

“He was saying that it was getting stiffer as the game went on, whereas usually when it’s a hamstring tear you feel it at that impact moment and he didn’t.

“So fingers crossed he’ll be okay.”

Watch the full interview with David Flitcroft on Shakers PlayerHD below: -

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