A look ahead to Saturdays EFL Sky Bet League One game at Charlton
Charlton Athletic v Bury
Saturday, 25th February 2017 – 3:00pm
EFL Sky Bet League One
Preview: Lee Clark’s career as Bury manager couldn’t have started any better than a fine 2-1 win away from Gigg Lane at Chesterfield last weekend. The result caused uproar amongst the home fans with the Spireites now deep in the relegation zone, whilst at the same time, propelling Bury out of the bottom four.
Confidence and morale amongst the squad had taken a bit of a battering in recent months but the spirit and togetherness shown before the game, during the game and, most certainly, after the game has done nothing but impress the new manager.
Training has been bright, lively and intense and the players have had a full week to continue to impress Lee Clark. That confidence flowing throughout the squad is plain to see in and around the Shakers Carrington training ground. That good mood feeling is plainly evident as soon as you walk through the doors.
Despite the arrival of a new manager, injuries continue to provide something of a headache for Lee Clark and the coaching staff. James Vaughan and Danny Mayor will join the rest of the squad for Fridays train journey down to the capital although the decision whether they will be involved in the game will not be made until the very last moment.
If Vaughan and Mayor are involved in the game then, obviously, this will be a pretty major boost for the squad. If not, then no problem because, as was seen last weekend at Chesterfield, the lads that are playing are more than capable of travelling and getting the result.
Three aspects of the club that have immediately impressed the new manager, apart from the clubs Premier League standard training ground, are the quality of player available to him, the quality of coaching staff available to him and the plainly obvious high standard of youngsters coming through the Shakers Youth system.
Before last weekend’s game, Lee Clark has just 45 minutes with his players on the training ground – yet young Callum Styles did enough in that training session to convince the manager that he had a player on his hands. With a firm impression made, young Styles came off the bench on 63 minutes and blew his manager away with an assured and confident performance.
Fellow midfielder Andrew Tutte said after the game: “Every time you are on and make an angle he gives you the ball. I have never seen a kid, so young, with such calmness on the ball. He can go anywhere. He has shown, against Chesterfield, he is so confident and at 16 years of age he is only going to get better.”
That faith in young Callum was rewarded just days later when he was offered and quickly signed his first professional contract, a two and half year deal. He’s a Bury player and, like George Miller, Scott Burgess and the many more that are following – he’s one of our own.
The Chairman’s plan of producing players from the Youth system is working in abundance. The Youth and Academy coaching staff such as Ryan Kidd and Mark Litherland must be beaming with pride at the standard of youngster they are dealing with, developing further and passing on through the system for the manager to improve and enhance.
Nathan Cameron, Craig Jones and Zeli Ismail are working hard on recovering from their serious injuries but it’s extremely doubtful we will see any of them again this season though all three are keen to get back as quickly as possible but it’s likely all three must wait until the summer and pre-season for their chance to impress the new manager.
Going into this game at the Valley, the Shakers are in a rich vein of form, compared with recent months with one defeat in seven featuring three wins and three draws. Form is better, the overall performances are better but this is a wounded Charlton Athletic we face on Saturday. The disappointment shown by Karl Robinson in his post-match interviews on Tuesday evening was there for all to see. We face a side whose pride has been wounded, a manager demanding a performance and a frustrated, large, home following.
Charlton manager Karl Robinson has vowed to make changes to his team after Tuesday's 1-0 home defeat by Oxford but they are already without the suspended Chris Solly, who was shown a straight red card on Tuesday.
Ezri Konsa missed out on Tuesday night having hobbled off last week against Rochdale but he could yet return. Harry Lennon, Roger Johnson and Jason Pearce all remain sidelined for the Addicks.
Betting: Bury have been priced up by Sky Bet as the 16/5 outsiders to win on the road at Charlton on Saturday afternoon.
The Addicks are odds-on favourites at 17/20 with home advantage and the EFL sponsors offer the draw at 13/5.
Both of Bury's last two away games have contained exactly three goals and Sky Bet offer 3/1 for this match to see three goals netted.
Five top tips:
1. Bury to win the game – 16/5
2. Ryan Lowe first goal – 8/1
3. George Miller first goal and a 2-1 win – 66/1
4. James Vaughan and Ryan Lowe to both score – 9/1
5. Tom Pope and Hallam Hope to both score – 14/1
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Referee: Saturdays referee is Trevor Kettle from Rutland. So far this season, Trevor has taken charge of 25 games showing 115 Yellow cards and five Red cards.
His last game was on Tuesday, 21st February when he took charge of the EFL Sky Bet League Two game between Colchester United and Wycombe Wanderers. Colchester won the game and three Yellow cards and one Red card were shown.
Trevor’s last game involving the Shakers was last weekend when he was appointed as Fourth Official for the Shakers 2-1 win at the Proact Stadium against Chesterfield. The last Bury game that Trevor took charge of was the final game of last season, a 3-2 home win against Southend United. Two goals from Ryan Lowe and an Adam Barrett own goal gave the Shakers victory with just two Yellow cards shown during the game.
Coverage: We’ll have full match commentary, via Shakers Player HD, with Maurice Dickson and Brian Rigby direct from the Press Box at the Valley and 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. Our match report from the game will be live on Sunday morning, with our video interviews with the manager and a key player from the game live late on Saturday evening. Ross Cooke’s match action images will also be live on our official Facebook page at some point on Sunday.
Sunday will also bring goal highlights on our YouTube channel with extended highlights going live on Shakers Player HD at approximately 12pm. We’ll also have the key comments, in text format, from the manager.
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Previous meetings: Saturday’s game will be the 34th such meeting between the two clubs since we first played each other in the 1961-62 season. A 2-1 victory for Charlton at Gigg Lane on Friday, 15th September 1961 with the Bury goal coming from Bill Holden.
Of the previous 33 games, Bury have won 13 with Charlton claiming a victory on 11 occasions. The remaining nine games have finished all square. As for goals, Bury have scored 47 whilst Charlton have scored just 42 goals.
As for games at the Valley. Bury have won six, Charlton have also won six and just four games have finished all square. Goals wise, its 25 goals for Charlton and 17 for Bury.
Last time we met: Bury 2 Charlton Athletic 0 – Sat 6 August 2016
Charlton's return to League One got off to a poor start as they suffered a 2-0 defeat at Bury. Neil Danns broke the deadlock with a 71st-minute penalty before substitute Kelvin Etuhu struck on 87 minutes to seal Bury's first opening-day win in eight years.
Charlton, second favourites for the title, after being relegated from the Championship, worked hard but the hosts were on top for most of the contest, with Jacob Mellis and Tom Soares going close early on.
The Addicks replied with Nicky Ajose, one of seven Charlton debutants, seeing a low strike parried by Ben Williams, one of five making their Bury bow.
Mellis and Tom Pope then tried their luck from long range before Charlton started the second half brightly, Ricky Holmes firing against the near post from a tight angle.
Bury regrouped and substitute Danny Mayor saw a header tipped over by Declan Rudd. From the resulting corner, Jason Pearce pulled back centre-half Nathan Cameron, with Danns drilling his spot-kick into the bottom corner.
Pope then flicked on Zeli Ismail's corner for Etuhu to bundle in Bury's second.
And, finally…once more, at the request of the Chairman, the Directors and Players let’s show Lee Clark that he can always be proud of our usual, magnificent, away support…Please get behind the lads, make plenty of noise – BE LOUD, BE PROUD, BE BURY!
Enjoy the game!