Bury host Fleetwood Town on Saturday in the last game of 2017. The Shakers will be hoping to finish the year on a positive, after successive 3-0 defeats.
Whilst the result at Peterborough was harsh on Chris Lucketti’s side, the same can’t be said for the one against Rotherham, with the Shakers’ boss far from pleased with the performance “The first half was totally unacceptable. The fans were having a go at the players and rightly so. I’m fully supportive of the fans having a go at the players and I told them in no uncertain terms at half time – lack of effort, lack of commitment, lack of desire was apparent to see. I’ve laid into them at half time and we’ve seen a reaction second half, but for me it’s too late.”
Captain Stephen Dawson started his first game in four and a half months, and he was pulling no punches with his verdict “First half is a disgrace really from a players’ point of view. If you’re a player coming off that pitch and you think you’ve done well at half time I don’t think you should be here. We let ourselves down – to be fair we’ve let ourselves down all year. I can accept mistakes – the fans can even accept people probably having an off game, but we’re in this position for a reason.”
Games at this time of year come thick and fast, so an opportunity to put Tuesday’s performance to bed has come around quickly, with Lucketti telling us “The next game can’t come quick enough and Saturday will be an opportunity to move on from this”.
The Shakers could be boosted by the return of Nathan Cameron, who’s game time is being managed, as it has been all season. Michael Smith could also provide another option after Chris Lucketti confirmed he missed the Rotherham match after being involved in a car crash. Add to this the return of both Dawson and Danny Mayor, and there are additional options opening up for the Bury management team.
Fleetwood Town will be familiar to the Shakers' Manager as he served his management apprenticeship as an Assistant Manager and Caretaker Manager for the Cod Army
Fleetwood were able to secure a much needed win on Boxing Day at Oldham as they secured their first win in 9 games at SportsDirect.com Park. Fleetwood are solid at the back and look to hit teams on the counter attack and with the pace of Devante Cole and Ash Hunter the Shakers will need to be wary of the threat they possess.
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Last Time Out
Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary of Saturday’s game by signing into their account and visiting the match centre.
Overseas subscribers can watch the match live by following the same instructions.
We will also have updates over on our Twitter account: @buryfcofficial.
There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Sunday.
Saturday’s referee is Dean Whitestone.
This will be Dean’s 26th game in charge this season. In his previous 25, he has issued 61 yellow cards, and 3 red cards. His last game was last Saturday as he officiated in Doncaster’s 1-0 win at Bristol Rovers, where a total of 4 yellow cards were shown.
We’ve Met Before
Saturday’s meeting will be the 8th between the 2 sides. The Shakers are yet to record a victory against our coastal neighbours, with the Cod Army winning 4 and the remaining 3 games being draws.