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Preview: Bury v MK Dons

14 February 2017

A look ahead to this evenings game with MK Dons

Bury v MK Dons
Tuesday, 14th February 2017 – 7:45pm
EFL Sky Bet League One
Preview:  Valentine’s Day at Gigg Lane, a cold Tuesday night in the middle of February with the love of your life, watching the other love of your life – what more can you ask for? Three points, of course, is the perfect answer.
There’s a little piece of Shakers history which connects Bury FC and Valentine’s Day. 19 years ago today saw the Shakers cause one of the biggest upsets in our history when Paul Butler’s 54th minute header, at Maine Road, gave Bury a famous 1 – 0 win over Manchester City. But, perhaps, the biggest attribute to take from that famous match was the team spirit shown that day, the togetherness between fans and players, the sheer excitement and joyous memories that come around each year.
Wives, Husbands, boyfriends and girlfriends, of a certain age, can often be seen smiling on Valentine’s Day as the now distant memories come flooding back. The only romance that day was in the David slaying Goliath story of course, but the memory of a City supporter, coming out of the Kippax Stand, on to the pitch and throwing his season ticket at Francis Lee, the memory of the celebration when that ball hit the back of the net and the memory of the incredible celebrations when the final whistle went.
Perhaps, now, it’s time for a new set of players, to write some new memories of Valentine’s Day. Some of the current crop were not even born 19 years ago and won’t know or appreciate the magnitude of the story but it’s Shakers folklore now and it’s always worth remembering…

Back then, to this evening’s visit of MK Dons to Gigg Lane…

First of all, Bury FC would like to welcome our Norwegian Supporters Club to Gigg Lane and we hope that they enjoy their visit. Velkommen!

Danny Mayor is a major addition to the side following his keyhole surgery, he’s back in training and could feature from the bench for Tuesday’s, vital, Gigg Lane clash and, unlike in recent months, that injury list is much shorter – giving Head coach Chris Brass a few more headaches with his squad selection.
Saturday’s game brought, a much needed, three points as the Shakers look to battle their way out of trouble. It may not have been the most entertaining game seen at Gigg, but it’s that time of the season when results matter more than performances.  It’s three points, that’s all that matters.
The 3-1 win at Stadium:MK, earlier in the season, brought much joy to those that made the long trip South for a Tuesday night encounter in Milton Keynes as the Shakers put on a performance with James Vaughan making only his second appearance for Bury where he scored his second and third goals of the season that night and how his season has progressed since then.
Now just two goals shy of 20 for the season, January’s Sky Bet Player of the Month must surely be confident of maybe achieving a target and, with plenty of games remaining, the possibility of achieving 30 goals for the season is real and there to take. When was the last time we talked of a Bury striker getting 30 goals in a season?
Defender Joe Walsh and midfielder Darren Potter are both suspended for the Dons after Walsh received his 10th Yellow card of the season against Oxford and must now serve a two-match ban while Potter was sent off late on during Saturday's 1-0 defeat and will miss the trip to Bury.
With Scott Wootton (knee) and Dons captain Dean Lewington (ankle) out injured, Milton Keynes manager Robbie Neilson may call on teenage full-back Ben Tilney to cover, moving George Williams to the centre of defence alongside Paul Downing.
Elsewhere for the Dons, midfielder Ben Reeves continues to nurse a groin problem. 
Betting:  As this preview went to the website, Bury were 13/5 to take all three points, with MK Dons evens to do the same.  A draw is on offer at 13/5

Five top tips:
1.  Winning Margin – to repeat the score – Bury 3 MK Dons 1 – 28/1
2.  James Vaughan to score first – 9/2
3.  James Vaughan first goal and a 3-1Shakers win – 90/1
4.  Tom Pope to score and Bury win – 5/1
5.  Bury to score in the first ten minutes – 15/2
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Referee: Tuesday’s referee is Mr David Webb from Lancashire. So far this season, David has taken charge of 30 games, showing 74 Yellow cards and just one Red card. His last game was on Friday, 10th February when he took charge of the EFL Sky Bet League Two game between Newport County and Doncaster Rovers. The game finished 0-0 and five Yellow cards were shown.
Last season, David took charge of 36 games, showing 100 Yellow cards and 7 Red cards. Tuesday’s game with MK Dons will be his second visit to Gigg Lane this season. His last visit was on Saturday, 1st October 2016 when Scunthorpe United visited and took all three points with a 2-1 win with six Yellow cards shown during the game.

Coverage:  We’ll have full match commentary, via Shakers Player HD, with Maurice Dickson and Brian Rigby. 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).  Team news will go live across all our Social Media platforms from around 6:45pm.
Any post-match video interviews will be available to Shakers Player HD Subscribers from Wednesday morning, along with our match report and Ross Cooke’s match action images.
Wednesday will also bring goal highlights on our YouTube channel with extended highlights going live on Shakers Player HD at approximately 7pm. 
Programme:  The match day programme will be on sale in and around the ground from around 5pm on Tuesday so make sure you grab your copy.
Tickets:  Category C Prices apply for this game – Click here for all ticket prices

Cash turnstiles will be open from around 6:30pm and you do not need to buy a ticket before entering the ground.  Away supporters, paying on the day, can pay directly at the turnstiles using cash only.
Previous meetings:  This game is only the 10th meeting between the two sides since the very first game on 5th August 2006. MK Dons hold the upper hand, so far, with five wins, whilst the Shakers have won just twice and two games finishing all square. Bury have scored nine goals against the Don’s 18 goals.
Last time we met:  MK Dons 1 Bury 3 – 27th September 2016 – EFL Sky Bet League One
James Vaughan bagged a brilliant brace as Bury continued their magnificent winning run with victory against MK Dons.
Vaughan scored twice, either side of a Ben Reeves strike, before Zeli Ismail added a third to ensure the Shakers remain second in the table following their fifth victory in a row.
Bury took the lead against the run of play through a Vaughan volley in the eighth minute following a mistake at the back by Paul Downing.
MK Dons dominated the first half and only a resilient Ben Williams kept them at bay. Reeves and Downing were both denied by spectacular Williams saves, before Nicky Maynard had his curling effort pushed around the post by the ‘keeper.
Substitute Samir Carruthers crashed a shot against the post two minutes into the second half before Downing cannoned a header back off the upright on the 57th minute.
Reeves then equalised, deservedly, from close range, on the 64th minute but four minutes later Vaughan restored Bury's lead with a clinical finish and the Shakers wrapped up the win when Zeli Ismail ran the ball into an empty net, on a counter attack from a Dons corner, five minutes into added time, as the Dons threw caution to the wind and sent their ‘keeper up in search of an equalizer.

And, finally… the Chairman, Directors, Management and Players have asked us to pass on their thanks for the magnificent support against Swindon Town on Saturday and they would like more of the same this evening so please get behind the lads and make plenty of noise – BE LOUD, BE PROUD, BE BURY!

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