A look ahead to Lee Clark's first game as Shakers manager
Chesterfield v Bury FC
Saturday, 18th February 2017 – 3:00pm
EFL Sky Bet League One
Preview: The first of Lee Clark’s 14 “cup finals” takes place at the Proact Stadium on Saturday, though the new gaffer’s involvement in this game will, mostly, be a watching brief as he gathers information on his new team, players and club.
The announcement of his appointment, on Wednesday, came out of the blue with his first training session taking place the day after and Lee Clark will take the time needed to assess his players before he takes full control ahead of next week’s game at Charlton Athletic.
Team selection, tactics and the game plan for Saturday’s trip to Chesterfield will mostly come from Chris Brass and Ryan Kidd following two positive results against MK Dons and Swindon Town and the new gaffer sees no point in fixing something that isn’t broken.
That said though, Clark will be in the dugout encouraging and advising throughout the game. It’s now his side and they are his players, and we will see more of a Lee Clark side in the coming days and weeks.
The new gaffer states that the Shakers remaining games are “14 cup finals” with League One survival the immediate target, and the sooner that is achieved the better. Absolutely nobody wants to go into the final few games needing snookers and favours from other games and Lee Clark wants that safety guaranteed as soon as possible.
That safety will not come this weekend and it won’t come next weekend but the new manager will know a hell of a lot more about the task in hand come 5pm on Saturday, it’s pretty much the first question for his first post-match interview on Saturday evening.
Clark has promised ‘Winning Football’ as the Shakers head to the Proact Stadium. His approach to Saturday’s game is one of calmness and there’s no sign of panic and he will take the time needed to assess his players and his coaching staff. His demands and expectations will be more visible to all those involved following this first game on Saturday.
Clark has the massive bonus of a fit again Danny Mayor chomping at the bit to get back into the side. The biggest decision though will be whether he starts or comes off the bench.
James Vaughan was withdrawn from the starting eleven on Tuesday after going down with a cramp problem. His removal, at half time, from the MK Dons game was purely a preventative measure and, hopefully, he will come through the treatment he has undergone to continue in the starting eleven for Saturday.
The Spireites new boss, Gary Caldwell, will check on the fitness of Ryan Fulton and Dan Jones as he looks for his first win as Chesterfield manager at home to relegation rivals Bury. Goalkeeper Fulton and left-back Jones both missed the 1-1 draw against Gillingham in midweek through illness and injury respectively.
Midfielder Jon Nolan is a new injury absentee after a hamstring problem forced him off at half-time at Priestfield. Ched Evans did not travel to Kent because of an ankle injury and the striker will not be involved on Saturday either, as Caldwell looks for victory at the fifth time of asking.
Betting: At 7/4 Bury are marginal outsiders with League One sponsors Sky Bet for Saturday's game at Chesterfield, who can be backed at 7/5 with the draw 5/2.
Any one-goal victory for the visitors is 7/2, with 3/1 available in the Correct Score Group Betting for a 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 Bury success.
The bookies are expecting goals in this one, rating over 2.5 goals an odds-on chance at 8/11 while 7/4 is available for the game to feature four or more goals.
Five top tips:
1. Bury to win the game – 7/4
2. James Vaughan first goal – 4/1
3. James Vaughan first goal and a 2-0 win – 35/1
4. James Vaughan and Tom Pope to both score – 13/2
5. Bury to score on both halves of the game – 9/4
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Referee: The man in charge on Saturday is Mr Simon Hooper, who makes the long trip north from Wiltshire. Saturday’s game will be his 31st game this season, having thus far shown 108 Yellow cards and one Red card. His last game was on Tuesday evening when he took charge of the EFL Sky Bet Championship game between Wolves and Wigan Athletic. Wigan won the game 1-0 with four Yellow cards shown during the 90 minutes.
This game will be his first game involving the Shakers this season. He refereed two games involving Bury last season, the 1-0 win at Colchester United, where two Yellow cards were shown, and the 1-1 draw with Blackpool at Bloomfield Road where his cards stayed in his pocket.
Coverage: We’ll have full match commentary, via Shakers Player HD, with Maurice Dickson and Brian Rigby direct from the Press Box at the Proact Stadium 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 and later, on Saturday evening, we’ll have our match report video interviews with the manager and a key player from the game. Ross Cooke’s match action images will also be live on our official Facebook page at some point on Saturday evening.
Sunday will 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.
Tickets: Click here for full ticket details for this game
SLO Info: Click here for Chesterfield’s Visitor Guide to the Proact Stadium
Information gathered by the clubs SLO ahead of the trip to Derbyshire – to follow later
Previous meetings: Saturday’s game will be the 87th meeting between the two clubs. The very first game was way back in the 1937-38 season with the Shakers taking both points in a 2-1 win at Saltergate with goals from George Davies and Bob Hulbert.
In total, Bury have won 36 of those 86 previous games, with Chesterfield winning just 18 games. The remaining 22 games have finished all square. As for goals, Bury have found the back of the net on 119 occasions, with Chesterfield scoring 115 goals beyond a plethora of Bury ‘keepers.
Last time we met: Saturday, 24th September 2016 – Bury 2 Chesterfield 1
Tom Pope claimed a late winner to give in-form Bury a 2-1 home victory against Chesterfield in League One.
Zeli Ismail volleyed the hosts into a 41st-minute lead, only for Kristian Dennis to equalise three minutes later.
But, after an even second half, Pope headed home three minutes from time to secure a fifth straight win for the Shakers and put them second in the table.
The hosts made a positive start with Chesterfield debutant Liam Graham blocking an Ismail shot before the Bury winger fired wide from a Jacob Mellis through-ball.
Dennis then failed to connect with a Jay O'Shea cross, while Ismail was denied by goalkeeper Ryan Fulton.
The game finally calmed down before Conor Wilkinson's free-kick struck a Bury post, and moments later Ismail volleyed home.
Dennis soon bundled in an equaliser from Wilkinson's pass and, after the break, O'Shea's 20-yard shot deflected on to the roof of the Bury net.
The Shakers were not to be denied victory though and claimed all three points when substitute Tom Walker made a magnificent tackle on the left hand touchline to win the ball back before he delivered a diagonal ball from the left and Pope got in front of his man to steer in his fifth goal of the season.
And, finally… at the request of the Chairman, 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!