A look ahead to Saturdays game with Swindon Town
Bury v Swindon Town
Saturday, 11th February 2017 – 3:00pm
EFL Sky Bet League One
Preview: Head coach Chris Brass and his staff will be expecting something of a reaction following a poor performance at Shrewsbury Town last weekend. A disconsolate Head coach faced the press following last weekend’s defeat frustrated and disappointed with his charges.
Just when the lads looked to have turned a corner with a stunning result against Peterborough and creditable draws against Port Vale and Walsall, the side took a massive step backwards last weekend at Shrewsbury.
Brassy didn’t have to tell them they had underperformed, but he did it anyway and work has been done, in and around Carrington, this week to correct that performance. If the Shakers are to get out of the bottom four, then giant strides need to be made now – we are soon approaching the ‘running out of games’ stage and nobody involved in the club wants to go into the final few games looking for favours or even requiring snookers.
This is still in our hands and the target is still very much reachable. We need to get out of the bottom four and stay out. Everyone involved knows that. Now it’s the time to actually do that.
A key factor to the side attacking games in the early part of the season was the attacking movement of Zeli Ismail and Danny Mayor down either flank. Sadly, one of these players, Zeli Ismail, may not figure again this season as he undergoes corrective surgery today to sort out his groin injury problem once and for all. We may see Ismail back before the end of the season, but there will certainly be no rush to get him back flying down the wing until his problem is 100% sorted.
Danny Mayor, on the other hand, is in contention for this game after undergoing keyhole surgery just three weeks ago to correct his own niggling problem and he may find himself thrust straight back into the side ahead of this week’s double header with Swindon and MK Dons. In all probability, though, he may have to settle for the bench as there is no point rushing a player back into the side, only for him to repeat the injury.
James Vaughan collected the Sky Bet League One “Player of the Month” award for his efforts in front of goal during January and he’s been happy to lay some of the credit at the feet of Hallam Hope and Tom Pope in recent weeks, as has Chris Brass, because the assists, from his strike partners are racking up. The award now sits proudly at James’ home, though he’d happily swap it for more goals, as would Hope and Pope.
The return game, earlier in the season, brought two goals from Hallam Hope as the Shakers carried on their early season success with a fine 2-1 win. A repeat of that performance and result would certainly be most welcome on a cold February afternoon in Bury.
Swindon goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux is available after all this weekend, having had his red card against Oxford rescinded. Vigouroux was sent off for what was deemed a foul on Kane Hemmings in Swindon's fractious 2-1 defeat on Sunday, but will serve no ban after the dismissal was overturned by the Football Association on Tuesday as it transpired, via video footage, that the goalkeeper made no contact with the opposition substitute.
For the trip to fellow relegation candidates Bury, Robins boss Luke Williams has the option of starting with striker Jermaine Hylton after a number of recent promising performances as a substitute from the 23-year-old.
Betting: Bury are the 6/5 favourites with Sky Bet to win at home to Swindon on Saturday afternoon.
The visiting Robins are outsiders for the three points at 21/10 with the EFL sponsors and the draw is available at 5/2.
Both teams have scored in all of Bury's last seven matches and Sky Bet make it odds-on at 8/13 that both teams find the back of the net in this clash (6/5 they don't).
Five top tips:
1. Winning Margin – Bury by 3 or more goals – 17/2
2. Bury 3 Swindon Town 0 – 20/1
3. James Vaughan first goal and a 3-0 Shakers win – 55/1
4. James Vaughan and George Miller to both score – 5/1
5. Bury to score in both halves of the game – 2/1
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Referee: Saturdays referee is Mr Mark Brown from East Yorkshire
So far this season, Mark has taken charge of just four games – showing 11 Yellow cards. His last game was on Saturday, 4th Feb when he took charge of the EFL Sky Bet League One game between Rochdale and Bristol Rovers at Spotland. The game finished 0-0 and three Yellow cards were shown.
Mark took charge of 35 games last season, showing 106 Yellow cards and 4 Red cards during the campaign. His last game involving the Shakers was on 20th February 2016 when Colchester United visited Gigg Lane. Bury won the game 5-2 with two Yellow cards and one Red card being shown.
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 2:45pm. 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 2pm and later, on Saturday evening, we’ll have our match report together with match action photos from our new club photographer Ross Cooke, video interviews with the manager and a key player from the game.
Sunday will bring goal highlights on our YouTube channel with extended highlights going live on Shakers Player HD at approximately 3pm. We’ll also have the key comments, in text format, from the manager.
Programme: The match day programme will be on sale in and around the ground from around 1pm on Saturday so make sure you grab your copy.
Tickets: Category C Prices apply for this game – Click here for all ticket prices
The three games for £36 offer will close at 3pm on Saturday. For full details of this offer, click here
Cash turnstiles will be open from around 1:45pm 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: Saturdays game will be the 47th such meeting between the two sides since we first met in the 1958-59 season. Bury have won 14 of the previous 46 games, with Swindon holding the lion’s share of victories with 20 wins. The remaining 12 games have finished all square. In terms of goals, Bury have scored 45 goals compared to Swindon’s 59 goals.
There have been 23 games at Gigg Lane, with Bury winning nine games whereas Swindon have won on seven occasions whilst the remaining seven games have finished all square. Bury have scored 28 goals compared to Swindon’s 17 goals at Gigg Lane.
Last time we met: Saturday, 17th September 2016 – Swindon Town 1 Bury 2
Hallam Hope stroked in his first double since 2014 to help Bury leap into third place in League One with a victory at Swindon. The former Everton striker clipped into an empty net in the 13th minute before slotting in a second on the stroke of half-time as the Shakers made it four wins in a row.
Bury deserved their early lead when Hope, returning to the starting XI after two games on the bench, pounced on teenage Will Henry's parry from Jacob Mellis' header.
Swindon were then left furious when linesman Mark Griffiths ruled out Jon Obika's 'equaliser' for offside, over a minute after referee Charles Breakspear had signalled for a goal.
On the stroke of half-time, Hope took his season tally to three when he seized on Sean Murray's horror pass to knock past Raphael Rossi Branco and slide the ball into the bottom corner.
Obika finally got his goal, his first of the campaign, in the 64th minute with a sweeping strike on the turn after James Brophy's cross but Bury moved to a fifth game without defeat.
And, finally… at the request of the Chairman, Directors, Management and, especially, the Players… Please get behind the lads, make plenty of noise – BE LOUD, BE PROUD, BE BURY!
Enjoy the game!