A look forward to Saturdays trip to Millwall
Millwall v Bury FC
Saturday, 11th 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 it may also have sent a clear message to other clubs that Bury are back at it and showing their early season form.
Lee Clark’s first month in charge at Gigg Lane could not have got off to a better start and it bodes well for the future, especially when he has a fully fit squad at his disposal. That combined with the backing of the Chairman over the summer should herald 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 feeling of confidence in and around Gigg Lane with regards to survival. Without being complacent, about the possibility of 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 the title of League One’s top goal scorer for the season. Billy Sharp at Sheffield United leads the way with an additional five goals on Vaughan’s tally of 21. Amazingly, Vaughan’s cross for Greg Leigh’s first ever 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 remains on a high and the fact that he scored two goals, in six minutes, against Millwall earlier this season also bodes well. However, the team will be wary of avoiding a similar collapse, following Niall Maher’s red card, in that game when we conceded three goals inside 20 minutes to lose all three points from being two goals up.
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 by and working with Ryan Lowe, on his finishing, is paying off for the likeable youngster and his assured 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 smashing it into the top corner looked every inch a Ryan Lowe goal and it was only right and fitting that Miller’s celebration was straight to fans favourite Lowe. Surely, but methodically, Lowey is passing on his knowledge onto the next generation and all that remains is for George Miller to start talking in a Scouse accent and 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, has also brought nine goals with just four goals conceded and, 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 have formed a useful partnership and with Taylor Moore and, especially, Greg Leigh raiding down the flanks as wing backs, the side suddenly looks much stronger and much more confident.
Millwall's Jordan Archer and Steve Morison are both considered to be 50-50 for Saturday's Sky Bet League One visit of Bury. Goalkeeper Archer has not played since their FA Cup fifth-round defeat of Leicester, because of a groin injury.
Morison started last Sunday's 6-0 defeat at Spurs, but came off with a calf problem and is battling to be fit. Manager Neil Harris is otherwise expected to keep much of team that started at White Hart Lane.
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 will be bidding to bounce back from a 6-0 drubbing at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup last weekend but they are unbeaten at home since December 10th 2016 and trade at 4/6.
The draw can be backed at 29/10.
Five top tips:
1. Bury to win the game – 4/1
2. James Vaughan first goal – 11/2
3. James Vaughan first goal and a 2-1 win – 55/1
4. James Vaughan and George Miller to both score – 11/1
5. 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 match in charge 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 24th October 2015 and a 2-0 defeat at Shrewsbury Town, where three Yellow cards were produced.
Coverage: We will have full match commentary, via Shakers Player HD, with Maurice Dickson and Brian Rigby direct from the Press Box at The New Den, with the lads on air from around 2:45pm and we will 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.
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 New 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 & Tetley’s Bitter
Confectionary items inc. Ransoms, Munchies, Kit-Kats, Cheese & Onion Crisps or Salt & Vinegar Crisps
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 Saturday, 11th 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 notching 36.
Last time we met: Saturday, 26th 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.
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 teammate 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.
Nevertheless, 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 goal bound effort was blocked by Maher's arm and Williams swept the spot-kick into the corner.
Shakers goalkeeper 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.
Finally, the Chairman, Directors, Management and Players have, once again, issued a rallying call to all the Shakers supporters who are making the journey down to the capital to get behind the team so please get behind the lads for the whole ninety minutes and make plenty of noise – BE LOUD, BE PROUD, BE BURY!
Enjoy the game!