Everything you need to know ahead of tomorrow's game v Blackburn Rovers...
After Tuesday night's display against Woking in the FA Cup First Round replay, the Shakers need to shape up and bounce back for Saturday's derby game against former Premier League champions Blackburn Rovers.
The game looks set to be a tough one for the Shakers, as Blackburn Rovers arrive at the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane unbeaten in their last four league games and sit 7th in the Sky Bet League One table, just one spot outside the play-offs.
Blackburn have conceded just 12 goals in the league so far this season, a tally bettered only by Wigan and Shrewsbury. Away from home Rovers have won 3, drawn 2 and lost 2 and have scored 8 of their 21 league goals.
Rovers’ side is likely to contain former Shakers Elliott Bennett and Paul Caddis. Winger Bennett made 67 appearances over 2 loan spells in 2008 and 2009, scoring 4 goals in that period. Caddis made 13 appearances in a Bury shirt last season, after joining the Club as a free agent.
Tony Mowbray revealed in Thursday’s pre-match interview that he has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game.
Mowbray told reporters that while there are "a few knocks and niggles", there are no new concerns going into the game.
"We're generally okay," he said. "We've got a couple of long-term injuries if you count Darragh (Lenihan), who we haven't seen since the first game of the season.”
There has been a special buzz around this derby fixture, as the last league meeting between the two sides was 37 years ago, when the Shakers secured a 2-1 victory at Ewood Park on 3rd May 1980.
In Tuesday's post-match interview, Ryan Lowe said that Bury's performance against Woking “Was not good enough! There was no personal pride, or passion shown!” Which are both vital components for a derby game, and must be shown on Saturday.
Lowe told the players after Tuesday's game that “They now need to get their heads around the weekend, because the games are coming thick and fast, with both Blackburn and Shrewsbury coming up.”
Everyone associated with Bury Football Club will hope that the players can dig deep, step up to the occasion, and put in a performance similar to the one against League One high-flyers Bradford City when they came to the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane back in October.
If the Shakers get a win tomorrow and results elsewhere go for them, they could find themselves off the foot of the table.
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Last Time Out
The last meeting between the two ended in a 2-1 victory for the Shakers at Ewood Park, way back on 3rd May 1980. Just days earlier on 29th April, Rovers had secured promotion back to the second tier with a 2-1 win at Bury in their penultimate match of the season.
Howard Kendall’s side were 20th in the Third Division table in November but went on a remarkable run, including 14 wins and a draw during a 15-game sequence.
Promotion was sealed in front of 13,000 in Rovers’ game in hand on a late April evening at Gigg Lane.
Steve Johnson netted for Bury but Andy Crawford’s double, including a second-half winner, gave Rovers the victory they needed to seal promotion. The current season is the first time they have been outside the top two divisions since then.
Saturday's referee is Dean Whitestone.
So far this season, Dean has taken charge of 17 games – showing 44 yellow cards, whilst his red card has only been shown once.
His last league game was on Saturday 11th November when he took charge of the EFL Sky Bet League Two fixture between Exeter and Grimsby at St James’ Park. It was a 2-0 win to the home side and three yellow cards were shown, to Exeter’s Stockley and Grimsby’s Davies and Dixon.
We’ve Met Before
Saturday’s game will be the 82nd meeting between the two sides. The Shakers have won 32 games, whilst Blackburn Rovers have won 34, with the sides drawing on 15 occasions.
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