Millwall v Bury, Saturday, 18th March 2017 – 3:00pm, EFL Sky Bet League One
Preview: Tuesday evenings 3-0 victory over Bristol Rovers brought a much needed three points for the Shakers, as well as providing a much-needed confidence boost for fans and players alike, but may also have sent a clear message to other clubs that Bury are back at it showing their early season form.
Lee Clark’s first month at Gigg Lane/Carrington could not have got off to a better start and bodes well for the future, especially when he has a fully fit squad at his disposal. That and with the back of the chairman should bring an eager anticipation towards next season.
Whilst safety from relegation is not yet assured, the result and performance on Tuesday evening surely has brought a much-improved confidence in survival. Without being complacent about facing next season in League Two, plans are very much being made for a more successful season in League One for the 2017/18 season.
James Vaughan seems to have pitched himself into a scrap for top goal scorer for the season. Billy Sharp at Sheffield United leads the way with an addition five goals on Vaughan’s 21 tally. Amazingly Vaughan’s cross for Greg Leigh’s first Bury goal on Tuesday was his first assist of the season for the Shakers. Perhaps he really is better off scoring the goals...
With Vaughan again finding the back of the net on Tuesday, confidence in front of goal is again on a high and the fact that he scored two goals in six minutes against Millwall earlier this season also bodes well. The large negative on that afternoon was the total collapse following a red card for Niall Maher and three goals conceded inside 20 minutes to lose all three points.
There have been many improvements in the side since that Saturday afternoon in November, most notably the introduction of a manager that gives the players the freedom to express themselves on the field of play, and none more so than young George Miller.
Coaching and working on finishing from Ryan Lowe is paying off for the loveable youngster and his finish for the Shakers third goal on Tuesday evening had that Ryan Lowe feel all over it. Collecting the ball in space, drifting the ball around his man before delivering it onto the top corner looked and felt like a Ryan Lowe goal. Miller’s celebration was straight to the fans favourite. Lowe is surely but methodically exporting his knowledge into a new head. It’s almost like a ‘Vulcan mind melt’. As soon as Miller starts talking in a Scouse accent – the process will be complete.
Lee Clark’s fourth win from just six games, with the other two games bringing a point against Oldham and a defeat against Gillingham, also brings nine goals and just four goals conceded. With three clean sheets also tucked in there, it would seem that the Shakers season is back on track.
Cameron Burgess, Leon Barnett and Antony Kay form a useful partnership and with Taylor Moore and especially Greg Leigh raiding down either flank as wing backs, the side suddenly looks much stronger and much more confident.
Will add Millwall details once published
Betting: Bury are 4/1 this weekend with Sky Bet to get all three points on the road at Millwall as they look to make it six victories in nine outings.
The Lions bid to bounce back from a 6-0 drubbing at the hands of Tottenham in the FA Cup but they are unbeaten at home since December 10 and trade at 4/6.
The draw can be backed at 29/10.
Five top tips:
- Bury to win the game – 4/1
- James Vaughan first goal – 11/2
- James Vaughan first goal and a 2-1 win – 55/1
- James Vaughan and George Miller to both score – 11/2
- Shakers keep a clean sheet – 9/2
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Referee: Saturday’s referee is Mr Gavin Ward from Surrey. So far this season, Mr Ward has taken charge of 33 games – showing 117 yellow cards and five red cards.
His last game was on Tuesday evening at Sixfields Stadium in the EFL Sky Bet League One game between Northampton Town and Port Vale. The Cobblers won the game 2-1 and three yellow cards were shown.
Gavin’s last game involving the Shakers was on 24 October 2015 and a 2-0 defeat at Shrewsbury Town, where three yellow cards were produced.
Coverage: We’ll have full match commentary, via Shakers Player HD, with Maurice Dickson and Brian Rigby direct from the Press Box at the Den, the lads will be on air from around 2:45pm and 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 our match report from the game will be live at some point on Saturday evening, 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 Saturday evening.
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.
Tickets: Ticket and Travel details for this game are detailed here
SLO Info: Important info from the clubs SLO
Bury: Are there any known traffic issues en route to the Stadium?
Millwall: If driving allow time for Blackwall Tunnel, Rotherhithe Tunnel & Congestion Zone areas.
Bury: Is car parking available for Bury fans? If so, please provide details (where, how much etc)
Millwall: We advise travelling supporters not to travel via car due to lack of parking availability and parking restrictions around the stadium.
Bury: Is there Blue Badge parking available for Bury fans? If so, please provide details (how to pre book, how much etc)
Millwall: Blue Badge Parking is pre booking only. This is very limited. Please contact Shona Groves on 0207 232 1222
Bury: Where is the nearest cash machine to the Stadium?
Millwall: London Bridge Station, Surrey Quays Shopping Centre
Bury: What is the approximate distance from the train station to the Stadium?
Millwall: Approximately 7minute walk from South Bermondsey Station to The Den
Bury: What food and drink is available in the concourse at the Stadium?
Millwall: Sausage Rolls, Veg Option Cheese & Onion Pasty
Hot Drinks inc. Tea, Coffee, Bovril, Hot Chocolate
Soft Drinks inc. Coke, Diet Coke, Fanta, Water & Capri Sun
Alcoholic Beverage’s inc. Carlsberg 500ml PET, Somersby Cider 500ml PET, Red/White & Rose Wine & Tetleys Bitter
Confectionary items inc. Ransoms, Munchies, Kit-Kats, C&O Crisp & Salt & Vinegar Crisp
Bury: What is the postcode for SatNav users?
Millwall: SE16 3LN
Previous meetings: Saturday’s game is the 33rd such meeting between the two clubs since we first came across each other on Sat 11 January 1908 in the FA Cup. Goals from Bob Currie and Billy Hibbert saw Bury progress to the second round with a 2-1 win in front of 9,405 supporters.
Of the previous 32 games, Bury have 13 wins with Millwall winning 12 games. The remaining seven games have finished all square. As for goals, Bury have scored 53 goals with the Lions replying with 36 goals.
Last time we met: Saturday 26 November 2016 - Bury 2 Millwall 3
Millwall recovered from two goals down to get back to winning ways with victory at 10-man Bury.
James Vaughan broke the deadlock on 61 minutes before doubling the Shakers' lead six minutes later.
But Bury's Niall Maher was dismissed for giving away a 70th-minute penalty, which Shaun Williams converted.
Callum Butcher then headed an 86th-minute equaliser before substitute Aiden O'Brien claimed a stoppage-time winner to stretch Bury's club-record losing run to 10 games.
Mid-table Millwall were actually awarded a penalty early on, only for referee Chris Sarginson to change his mind.
Vaughan then headed wide and team-mate Neil Danns had a shot deflected off target
Millwall replied with Harry Smith and Fred Onyedinma going close, while Joel Martin's free-kick was tipped over after the break.
But Mayor crossed for Vaughan to head in off the bar before the Bury striker side-footed home from a Scott Burgess lay-off.
Moments later Onyedinma's goalbound effort was blocked by Maher's arm and Williams swept the spot-kick into the corner.
Keeper Ben Williams kept out an Onyedinma header as Millwall pressed, but the Lions levelled as Butcher scored from Shane Ferguson's free-kick, before O'Brien turned in Mahlon Romeo's low cross.
And, finally…The Chairman, the Directors, Management and Players have, once again, issued a rallying call to all Shakers supporters to get behind the team. An astounding 50% plus of our loyal home following will be making the short journey over to Boundary Park so please get behind the lads and make plenty of noise – BE LOUD, BE PROUD, BE BURY!
Enjoy the game!