Tomorrow’s game at Sixfields is a big game for two sides who find themselves at the wrong end of the Sky Bet League One table.
Having beat league leaders Shrewsbury Town during the week, The Shakers will be going into the fixture feeling confident.
With club legend Chris Lucketti at the helm as the club’s new permanent Manager, the Shakers will certainly be looking to get their new chapter off to a good start by claiming back-to-back league wins.
Fans were thrilled with the club’s mid-week appointment of Chris Lucketti, as by his own admission, he is somebody who has nothing but love and affection for the club.
In Thursday’s press conference, Chris said that he thoroughly enjoyed his time working alongside Graham Alexander at Scunthorpe United and has learnt a great deal from him, but “once I knew of the opportunity to become the Manager of Bury Football Club there was only one place I was going to come!”
Chris was insistent that he isn’t looking any further than tomorrow’s game, he said, “I am only going to take it game by game and look for 3 points every time we play.”
He believes that Tuesday’s result against Shrewsbury “has given everybody a lift and it set a standard, but we now can’t come off those standards, as that’s what it will take to earn us 3 points on Saturday.”
Northampton’s improved form under Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was short-lived; having gone six unbeaten in all competitions, The Cobblers are now defeated in each of their last three. Most recently, Hasselbaink’s men suffered defeat to fellow strugglers Plymouth. According to reports, Northampton were bettered in every area by Plymouth. After the game, Hasselbaink said that his side were simply not good enough on the night.
If Hasselbaink’s words after Tuesday night’s defeat have sparked a reaction, then Northampton really should come out in full force tomorrow.
The Cobblers’ side is likely to contain former Shakers David Buchanan and Leon Barnett.
David Buchanan joined the Shakers in February 2005. In his 5-year spell at the club, he made over 200 appearances. David came through the ranks at Gigg Lane to establish himself as one of the first names on the team sheet. He left Bury in August 2010 for Hamilton Academical and went on to play for Tranmere Rovers and Preston North End, before joining Northampton in May 2015.
Central defender Leon Barnett joined Northampton Town after the termination of his contract on 31st May 2017. Leon joined The Shakers in July 2016 after being released by Wigan Athletic. Injury hampered the start of his Bury career, though he forced his way into the side in late August, making his debut in the 1-0 defeat to Oldham Athletic. His one and only goal for the Shakers came in the next game, a remarkable 3-3 draw at Walsall as the Shakers came back from a 3-0 deficit at half-time. He went on to make 26 appearances for the club.
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Last Time Out
Bury were on the brink of securing another season in Sky Bet League One after winning 3-0 at home to Northampton Town.
James Vaughan bagged a brace, taking his tally for the season to 24, and George Miller netted to leave Bury five points above fourth-bottom Port Vale.
The Cobblers made a poor start, letting goalkeeper Joe Murphy's goal-kick bounce through for Vaughan to fire into the bottom corner in the third minute.
Northampton replied with Brendan Moloney firing over while Bury's Tom Pope shot straight at David Cornell.
Clark’s side dominated possession in the first-half on a sunny afternoon at Gigg Lane.
A testing cross from Zander Diamond piled the pressure on the Bury defence just three minutes into the second-half as Murphy nervously pushed the cross away from his top corner.
Murphy then turned wide a Matty Taylor free-kick but Bury had the rest of the chances, Ryan Lowe twice going close while Taylor Moore volleyed over.
Cameron Burgess then headed an Andrew Tutte corner against the bar, with Miller heading in the rebound, before Vaughan fired in from 20 yards at the death.
Saturday’s referee is Carl Boyeson.
Carl has taken charge of 17 games this season – showing 46 yellow cards, whilst his red card has been shown on 6 occasions.
His last league game was on Tuesday 21st November when he took charge of the EFL Sky Bet League One fixture between Wigan Athletic and Doncaster Rovers at The DW Stadium. It was a 3-0 win to the home side and 5 yellow cards were shown.
We’ve Met Before
Saturday’s game will be the 62nd meeting between the two sides. The Shakers are currently on top having won 24 games, whilst Northampton Town have won 22, with the sides drawing on 15 occasions.