A look ahead to this evenings game with Oxford United
Oxford United v Bury
Tuesday, 28th March 2017 – 7:45pm
EFL Sky Bet League One
Preview: Lee Clark took his squad down to Oxfordshire on Monday afternoon, with a light training session planned for this morning ahead of this evening’s game against Checkatrade Trophy finalists Oxford United.
Their success in the competition has seen this game brought forward from Saturday before the U’s head to Wembley for clash with Coventry City on Sunday which sees the Shakers with a spare weekend and the chance to get some well-earned rest into the players and a good opportunity of a weekend of scouting and watching games for the manager and his coaching staff.
None of the injured players will return for this game though, as we mentioned early last week, Craig Jones is training with the squad and Nathan Cameron is stepping up his rehab with a view to recommencing training very soon. Andrew Tutte remains a doubt for this evening’s game whilst Cameron Burgess returns to the squad following his Australian under-23 exploits around Europe over the last week.
Shakers fans will depart for Oxford knowing that this game, against another side who harbour Play-off ambitions, is just the next tough game in a long list following on from Millwall, Fleetwood Town and Bristol Rovers, who also have Play-off ambitions, but who all failed to break down a stubborn Bury side.
The lads have transformed the season from a being a team with no sign of keeping a clean sheet to now sporting four clean sheets on the bounce. With games now coming thick and fast and with only six games remaining, including our trip to the Kassam Stadium, the race fort promotion, Play-offs and survival is becoming more intense on a game by game basis.
Bury currently have 46 points, an achievement following the early season collapse, but three more points would surely confirm league one survival for next season. It may not confirm it mathematically but it would certainly make it difficult for other clubs to catch or even overtake the Shakers.
If offered a point now, Lee Clark would probably snap your proverbial hand off but the Shakers new gaffer would probably be disappointed with a point offered, he’d rather go for all three and keep another clean sheet. Not being greedy but he’d love to keep the momentum going from now until the end of the season and Bury certainly go into this game carrying momentum.
Oxford United are monitoring the fitness of three players ahead of this evenings game. Chey Dunkley and Josh Ruffels picked up minor problems in Saturday's goalless draw at Northampton Town.
Chris Maguire missed the trip to Sixfields with a groin problem and while United are optimistic, the side's joint top-scorer remains a doubt and is unlikely to be risked ahead of Sunday's Checkatrade Trophy final at Wembley.
U's Head coach Michael Appleton said: "Chey has a tight hamstring and we'll see how it goes over the next 24 hours. Maguire we're hoping will be OK, but again he's 50/50.
"We'll have to look after Josh Ruffels because he was cramping quite badly. There are two or three who are 50/50 and we don't have to make a call until later today, so it won't be a problem."
Referee: Tuesday’s referee is Mr Andy Haines, who makes the long trip south from the Tyne and Wear. So far this season, Andy has taken charge of 32 games – showing 98 Yellow cards and five Red cards. His last game was on Saturday, 18th March when he took charge of the EFL Sky Bet League One game between Rochdale and Gillingham at Spotland. Rochdale won the game 4-1 with four Yellow cards and one Red card being shown.
Andy’s last game involving the Shakers was on 31st December 2016 when he took charge of the 1-1 draw with Bradford City at Valley Parade, no cards were issued during the game.
Coverage: We’ll have full match commentary, via Shakers Player HD, with Maurice Dickson and Gordon Sorfleet (because Brian is on yet another holiday!) direct from the Press Box at Oxford and the lads will be on air from around 7:30pm 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 6:45pm and our match report from the game will be live at some point on Wednesday morning. Video Interviews with Lee Clark and a key player from the game will be uploaded whilst we travel back from the game and will be live at some point on Tuesday evening. Ross Cooke’s match action images will also be live on our official Facebook page at some point on Wednesday.
Wednesday will also bring goal highlights on our YouTube channel with extended highlights going live on Shakers Player HD at approximately 4pm.
Tickets: Tickets will remain on sale at Gigg Lane until 2pm on Tuesday, full details of ticket prices and travel info can be found here
SLO Info: Info from the clubs SLO
Bury: Are there any known traffic issues en route to the stadium?
Oxford: The A34 can get busy at rush hour so please allow time for this.
Bury: Is car parking available for Bury fans? If so, please provide details (where, how much etc.)
Oxford: Yes, there is a car park with 2,000 free spaces, on a first-come, first-served basis. There is also street parking on Grenoble Road – please pay attention to parking restrictions.
Bury: Is there Blue Badge parking available for Bury fans? If so, please provide details (how to pre book, how much etc.)
Oxford: There are designated bays for disabled supporters near to each stand.
Bury: Please give details of pre-match venue for Bury fans (on-site bar, away fan friendly pubs etc.)
Oxford: There is a bar in the South Stand that is open to all supporters before the game. Food and drink is also available in the concourse areas of all stands.
Bury: Where is the nearest cash machine to the stadium?
Oxford: The nearest cash machine to the stadium is next to Frankie and Benny’s at the Ozone Leisure Park.
Bury: What is the approximate distance from the train station to the stadium?
Oxford: Oxford Station is roughly 4 miles from the Stadium.
Bury: What food and drink is available in the concourse at the stadium?
Oxford: The usual food and drink is available in all the concourse kiosks.
Bury: What is the postcode for SatNav users?
Oxford: OX4 4XP
Bury: Any additional information you think may be useful for our fans?
Oxford: Click here for further information about your visit
Previous meetings: Tuesday evening’s game will be the 36th such meeting between the two clubs. The first time we met Oxford was on 26th August 1967 when the two sides met at the Manor. Oxford won the game with the odd goal in nine with the four Bury goals coming from Jimmy Kerr, two from Bobby Owen and George Jones.
Since then, Bury have won nine games whilst Oxford have claimed maximum points on eleven occasions, the remaining 15 games have finished all square. As for goals, it currently stands at Bury 45 – Oxford United 48.
Last time we met: Bury 2 Oxford United 3 – 17th December 2016
Oxford came from behind to beat beleaguered Bury and stretch their unbeaten run to eight games.
The hosts twice went in front through James Vaughan and Tom Pope, only for each goal to be cancelled out by a Chris Maguire free-kick.
Greg Leigh's own goal on 70 minutes then extended Bury's club-record losing run to 12 league games, sending them into the League One relegation zone.
The Shakers dropped keeper Ben Williams for Paul Rachubka and the debutant's fifth-minute free-kick drifted over the Oxford defence for Vaughan to volley over Simon Eastwood.
The U's levelled eight minutes later, Maguire hitting a free-kick from the edge of the box into the bottom corner.
They were then firmly on top, with Maguire twice testing Rachubka before the veteran keeper parried a Robert Hall shot.
Maguire also sliced wide from eight yards and moments later Pope scored at the second attempt from Scott Burgess' 39th-minute cross.
This time Oxford took just four minutes to equalise, Maguire curling in a 20-yard free-kick.
The visitors had the better of a hard-fought second half as Kane Hemmings hit a post before left-back Leigh turned Marvin Johnson's low cross into his own net.
And, finally…on behalf of the Chairman, directors, management and especially the players can we ask all those Shakers travelling down to the Kassam to please behind the team and make plenty of noise because it really does make a huge difference – BE LOUD, BE PROUD, BE BURY!
Enjoy the game!