A look ahead to this evenings game with Rochdale
Bury v Rochdale
Thursday, 13th April 2017
EFL Sky Bet League One
Preview: Which is the bigger derby game? Bury v Rochdale or Bury v Bolton Wanderers? To supporters, the answer will be depending on when you were born! To Lee Clark and his staff it’s Rochdale, for one simple reason, that’s the next game. The fact it’s a derby game doesn’t really matter, it’s just the next game.
That said though, Lee Clark knows how important derby games are to supporters, and the will to win the game for the fans is just as strong at Carrington, from Rose in the Laundry up to the Chairman. The will to win the game or has it become that we need to win the game?
A run of four clean sheets following Lee Clark’s arrival seems nothing but a distant memory now and the last two results – both negative – have killed the mood of euphoria that surrounded the club. Performances were bad, perhaps even easily described as woeful and the word pride is being mentioned a lot but, make no mistake, there is a desire there, to prove the doubters wrong and that the will to win the game runs throughout the club from top to bottom.
Results, elsewhere, over the weekend will have a massive impact on the final two games of the season. In just over two weeks’ time, it’ll all be over. Will we be sitting here wondering what all the fuss was about, or will we be sitting here looking forward to something nobody wants to look forward to?
If there is a positive, it’s that our future is in our own hands. Safety can be assured without waiting for other results, we do not need “snookers”. Safety is still achievable and very much down to attitude, concentration and that will to win, that need to win.
Unfortunately, Lee Clark will have to do without Craig Jones, for the rest of the season. Having come back from his torn thigh, his 28-minute cameo role last weekend saw him collect a calf strain which will see him out of action for five to six weeks. Craig’s target is now pre-season, to be fit and ready and, with his determination, the chances are he will be raring to go.
Since Lee Clark arrived on Valentine’s Day, he’s not had the use of four of his best players. He’s hardly seen them. Craig Jones has been in full training for two weeks, Nathan Cameron for around three to four days and nothing at all from Danny Mayor and Zeli Ismail. A side without one of your best players can cope, but four is a struggle. It’s been the story of the season and it’s an area that the manager will correct over the summer. To add further woes to the Craig Jones situation, Taylor Moore is also doubtful for the game after coming off with a tight groin at the weekend.
Where would we be without the goals of James Vaughan? We’d have corner flags not needing repairing obviously, but it’s a serious question as, without his goals, would the season be over? Have we become virtually a one man team? Of course, we aren’t but the struggle would have been much, much tougher.
The A58 derby game, the East Lancashire derby game, call it what you want, a bitter rivalry with local bragging rights are at stake. It’s the next game and, to be perfectly frank about it, it’s one we need to win, it is one we must win. Lee Clark wants to begin to build for next season, he can begin that task either next Wednesday morning knowing safety is assured, or he can wait a few more weeks but, either way, positive results need to be collected.
Result over performance? At this stage of the season yes, of course. Playing Thursday and Tuesday is a hell of a lot better than Friday or Saturday and Monday - it’s a massive advantage to have that extra rest and recovery but it’s only an advantage if we get the right results and put pressure on those teams around us.
Rochdale boss Keith Hill could make changes to his side for tonight’s game. Hill was furious with Dale's display in the defeat by Shrewsbury last weekend and accepts that they are now outsiders to make the Play-offs.
Defender Niall Canavan will hope to come back into contention after missing the last four games through injury whilst Keith Keane returned from suspension, as a substitute, against Shrewsbury and is one player looking to force his way into the starting line-up.
The run in – Key Games over the Easter period:
Chesterfield v Southend United
Coventry City v Charlton Athletic
Gillingham v Bristol Rovers
Port Vale v Sheffield United
Shrewsbury Town v Walsall
Swindon Town v AFC Wimbledon
Oldham v Bolton
Bristol Rovers v Oldham Athletic
Charlton Athletic v Gillingham
Northampton Town v Shrewsbury Town
Oxford United v Port Vale
Rochdale v Coventry City
Scunthorpe United v Chesterfield
Walsall v Swindon Town
Betting: Bury can be backed at 17/10 with Sky Bet to win at home to local rivals Rochdale on Thursday evening.
Dale have been priced up at 6/4 to get the three points and the EFL sponsors offer the draw at 5/2.
Sky Bet’s Correct Score Group Betting makes it 3/1 for Bury to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1.
Five top tips:
1. Correct Score – Bury 2 Rochdale 0 – 11/1
2. George Miller first goal and a 3-0 win – 125/1
3. Bury to win by exactly 2 goals – 8/1
4. First goal from Jermaine Pennant – 9/1
5. James Vaughan and Tom Pope to both score – 6/1
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Coverage: We’ll have full match commentary via Shakers Player HD with Maurice Dickson and Guest in the Press Box and the lads will be on air from around 7:30pm. We’ll also have full coverage of the game with updates via our official Twitter account (@buryfcofficial) and we’ll have team news from the game available via Social Media (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) at around 6:45pm.
Our match report, together with match action photos from our club photographer Ross Cooke, video interviews with the manager and a key player from the game will be live very late on Thursday night.
Friday will bring goal highlights on our YouTube channel with extended highlights going live on Shakers Player HD at approximately 12pm.
Programme: The match day programme will be on sale in and around the ground from around 5:45pm so make sure you grab your copy early before kick-off.
Tickets: This is a Category A match and Category A prices apply for this game. The full list of ticket prices can be found here
You do not need to buy a ticket before entering the ground. Home or Away supporters, paying on the day, can pay directly at the turnstiles using cash only. If you are paying by card, then please use the ticket office. We advise supporters to arrive early when using cards as queues do build quickly.
Tickets for Tuesday's game with Bolton Wanderers are on sale from the ticket office, the same with Season Tickets - if you intend to renew your season ticket or get your Bolton Tickets, please use the windows at the back of the club shop
Previous meetings: Thursday’s game is the 56th meeting between the two sides in all competitions with the Shakers just edging it with 19 wins. Rochdale have won 16 games with the remaining 20 games finishing all square. In terms of goals, Bury have scored 74 goals to Rochdale’s 63 goals.
The game will be the 28th competitive fixture at Gigg Lane against the Dale with Bury winning nine, Rochdale also winning nine and nine games ending all square. Bury have scored 39 goals against Rochdale’s 31.
Last time we met: Saturday, 15th October 2016 – Rochdale 2 Bury 0
Rochdale made it six successive League One wins with a derby triumph against neighbours Bury.
Goals either side of the break from Ian Henderson and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing clinched the win for the home side in what was, at times, a bad-tempered affair as Bury finished with nine men.
Neil Danns went close for Bury with a header towards Josh Lillis' near post but the Dale goalkeeper parried the effort.
The home side landed the first telling blow in the 38th minute with the award of a penalty as Matty Lund cleverly worked his way inside Jacob Mellis and went down, with Ian Henderson duly despatching the penalty to hand Dale the lead.
Bury striker James Vaughan had the ball in the net on the hour mark but was flagged offside and it was Rochdale who scored the second goal of the game when Mendez-Laing collected Andy Cannon's pass and fired beyond Williams on 75 minutes.
Kean Bryan was dismissed for a rash challenge on Cannon soon after, sparking a bout of pushing and shoving from both teams, and Mellis followed him off for a foul on Calvin Andrew.
Finally, and do we really need to say it? It’s a derby against Rochdale and the Shakers faithful will be up for it but we’d like you all to ramp up the volume another couple of notches and get behind the lads. Let them know they have your support so please bring back that wall of noise and BE LOUD, BE PROUD, BE BURY!
Enjoy the game!