The Shakers were out of action last weekend with the postponement of the Oldham game, due to a series of international call-ups for the Latics.
Lee Clark stated in his pre-match interview that “The break was welcomed, but it also slowed the momentum down after the positive result and performance in the Checkatrade Trophy against Blackburn Rovers. The break did give us the chance to rest some players who have played the majority of the season. It also gave us the chance to push on with one or two of the injured players and their rehab and get them back in the group, which has proven to be successful. If we get the result on Saturday then it will have been a successful international break for us.”
The game looks set to be a tough one for the Shakers, as Bradford City arrive at the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane on the back of a triumphant 4 – 1 victory over a 10 man MK Dons, which recorded a sixth win in eight games for Stuart McCall's side.
McCall was delighted with the Bantams' performance, telling the club's press team in his post-match interview that "We showed great control, played with a real intent and moved the ball around well. Everyone played their part today (Saturday) - it was very mature performance."
Despite the opposition's stats going into the game, the Shakers will certainly be looking to carry on where they left off with the Checkatrade Trophy performance and to pick-up all three points in their first league game in October.
Eoghan O’Connell, Jay O'Shea and Andrew Tutte have all had some valuable game time in various games during the international break and all three completed a full 90 minutes in the Premier League Cup game against Wolves on Monday evening. They pleased the Gaffer during their time back on the pitch and are now available for selection.
Joe Murphy may be back in contention for Saturday’s game depending on results from his fitness test on Thursday. This could give the Gaffer a selection dilemma, after Leo Fasan’s pleasing performances in Joe’s absence.
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Last time out: Bury 0 - 2 Bradford City, 08 April 2017
Bury suffered a 2-0 home defeat to the Bantams, and with results elsewhere going against the Shakers, it made for a nail-biting last few games of the season.
The best chance of the game for the Shakers fell to James Vaughan, when a good challenge from Scott Burgess deep in the Bury half saw the ball moved quickly to young Callum Styles. His quick turn and charge forward caught the Bantams' defence napping and he quickly delivered the ball to the feet of Vaughan on the edge of the box whose first time shot brought a fine save from Doyle, however, the officials awarded a goal-kick when the correct decision was a corner.
Vaughan’s shot seemed to inject some belief into the Shakers, as moments later, and following a determined run from Greg Leigh in the corner, where he held off several challenges, he managed to find Jacob Mellis outside the area. Mellis fired at goal from an acute angle, and although Doyle was forced to dive to cover his goal, the ball flashed inches wide of the post and out of play.
Half-Time: Bury 0 Bradford City 0
Bradford came out for the second-half the stronger of the two sides and it took them just 11 minutes to take the lead. Another move down the field, again using one-touch football, saw the ball fed to Marshall on the right-hand side of the pitch, as the Bantams attacked a packed Cemetery End, he managed to bring the ball into the middle on the edge of the box before shooting at goal and, with Joe Murphy unsighted by his own defence, the ball flew unchallenged into the bottom corner of the Shakers goal.
GOAL: Bury 0 Bradford City 1 (Marshall 56)
Callum Styles forced a save from Doyle, just after the hour, with a long-range drive from outside the area. Doyle, though, was equal to the shot and managed to palm the ball away from goal before Nicky Law drove the ball downfield.
As the Shakers chased a vital equaliser, Bradford doubled their lead with four minutes of the game remaining when a ball across the Shakers box was simply tapped home from close range by Charlie Wyke to seal the points and drag the Shakers further into trouble, a point above the drop zone, with just four games remaining.
GOAL and Final score: Bury 0 Bradford City 2 (Wyke 86)
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Referee: Saturday's referee is David Webb
So far, this season, David has taken charge of 13 games – showing 32 yellow cards, whilst his red card has remained firmly in his pocket with none shown thus far.
His last league game was on Tuesday 26th September when he took charge of the EFL Sky Bet League One game between Blackpool and Rochdale at Bloomfield Road. It was an uneventful 0-0 draw and just one yellow card was shown to Blackpool's Jimmy Ryan.
We’ve met before: Saturday’s game is the 77th meeting between the two sides. The Shakers have won 24 games, whilst Bradford City have won 28, with the sides drawing on 25 occasions.
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