Bury face Bradford City in Sky Bet League One on Saturday 5th March 3pm kick-off, looking to get the better of the Bantams for the second time this season.
time the two teams will have met this season alone and one that promises to be a good encounter.thThe Shakers face a familiar foe on Saturday as Bradford City make the journey to Gigg Lane, which will be the 4
A midweek triumph over Peterborough United will be sure to spur on the Shakers as they look to make it 5 games unbeaten at Gigg Lane and this war of the roses clash will certainly be a great way to carry on producing great home results like the previous wins over the likes of Sheffield United, Colchester United and Peterborough United.
Bradford on the other hand will be wanting to put their recent defeat to Colchester behind them and take the three points back to the Coral Windows Stadium in a spell which has seen the Bantams struggle for consistency in the league, which is something that will be high up on Bradford manager (and former Shaker) Phil Parkinson’s list to put right.
Shakers striker Ryan Lowe will be looking to complete a career landmark in this game as his goal on Tuesday night edged him ever closer to his 200thcareer goal. The striker is two goals away from reaching this feat and will surely have his eyes on more goals on Saturday following his recent form at Gigg Lane (2 goals in 2 games).
Jacob Mellis is set to miss this game due to an injury sustained on Tuesday night. Joe Riley faces a late fitness test after being injured in the warm up on Tuesday night and Kelvin Etuhu and Rob Lainton still face a spell on the sidelines due to their injuries. Skipper Nathan Cameron is also going to miss out due to his injury which will see him out ‘till the end of the season an injury in which manager David Flitcroft has admitted.
“Will be a massive miss because he’s quick, he’s powerful and he’s someone that you will naturally miss.”
Meanwhile, Bradford face injury problems of their own and await late news on whether striker Wes Thomas can play after picking up a groin strain. Josh Cullen also faces a late fitness test after being substituted in their recent defeat against Colchester. Reece Burke and Steve Davies are both ruled out for the tie.
The Shakers manager knows that Saturday will be a tough task but with the game being at Gigg Lane he feels confident that his players can pick up the 3 points due to the great support the team have had whilst he’s been manager at Bury.
Speaking to Shakers PlayerHD David Flitcroft said:
“We know a lot about them, they know a lot about us. It’s always going to be competitive with a Phil Parkinson team and we’ve had some really close games with them this season so I’m not expecting anything different.
“We’ll get on the training ground and see who comes through that and then we’ll have a real clear plan of how we go and search for another three points at home.
“We’ve done really well at Gigg for 2 years there’s a real connection between the players and the supporters, I see that after the game and during the game. The players love playing at home, they love being at home and they’ve done fantastically well here from the time that I’ve been at the football club.”
David Flitcroft also commented on his side’s 50 point target and has raised the bar for him and his side to now try and get 52 points.
“That target (50 points) has slightly moved with the teams at the bottom of the table doing well and having good surges of results, so that targets probably gone to 52 points.
“You set a target at the start of the season, but you’ve got to have the flexibility and the adaptability to move that. We’re always looking upwards we’ve done that ever since I’ve come to the football club. The players have done fantastically this season and we’re going to keep driving forward and see where that takes us.”
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Written by The Football College student Andrew Gate.