Bury go into tomorrow’s game on the back of a disappointing derby defeat to the hands of Oldham Athletic, after substitute Aaron Amadi-Holloway struck in the dying seconds of injury time to secure a 2-1 win for Richie Wellens’ side, causing heartache for The Shakers.
Lee Clark stated in his post-match interview that the defeat “Was tough, but it’s a case of dusting ourselves off and taking it on the chin. We get back on the training pitch and working hard” which is exactly what they’ve done this week.
By Clark’s own admission, Bury now need to ensure that their recent good spells in games lead to wins and they eradicate individual errors.
The Gaffer remains optimistic about a resurgence, saying that, “Even later in the season, Barnsley were bottom of the table and ended up getting to The Play-Off Final and promoted.”
Tomorrow’s game is a battle between two sides who find themselves towards the foot of the Sky Bet League One table.
Lee Clark mentioned in his pre-match interview for iFollow, that his side must, “Kick on and really be on the front foot against Doncaster”.
Doncaster Rovers arrive at the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane on the back of a miserable 3 – 0 defeat to Walsall, which is said to have been a bit of a shock according to some reports, as Rovers had dominated possession in the first-half.
Despite his side’s form, Darren Ferguson seems confident going into the game, saying in his pre-match interview that “Saturday is a game where both teams are desperate for three points and I know for a fact that we can get all three points”. Bury will be looking to continue where they last left off at the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane, after the great result against Bradford City.
Clark is using the last home game against Bradford as the ‘standard-bearer’.
The Bradford game filled Clark with confidence, although being disappointed that his side couldn’t keep a clean sheet, he was delighted because “the game showed the players can recover from a setback.”
iFollow: Watch Lee Clark's pre-match interview here
The Opposition: Doncaster Rovers’ view: Click here to visit the Official Doncaster Rovers’ website
Last time out: Bury 1 - 0 Doncaster Rovers, 9th April 2016
Gigg Lane, Bury
Sky Bet League One
Attendance: 3,233 (474 Away)
Some early pressure from the visitors nearly paid off for them, as loanee Gary McSheffrey produced an overhead kick from six yards out, however, goalkeeper Chris Neal was there to tip it over the bar.
Bury got their first real chance of the game on 13 minutes, a through ball from Leon Clarke was picked up by John O’Sullivan who raced through the Rovers’ defence, but Remi Williams denied the Shakers with a one-on-one save.
Just after the half-hour mark Bury had another chance to take the lead, this time they should have gone ahead. A well-worked move down Rovers’ right was collected by Tom Soares who lashed the ball goalwards from 10-yards out. His shot looked destined for the back of the Rovers’ goal, but Williams managed to get the ball out for a corner kick via his own face, talk about taking one for the team.
Doncaster had the final two chances of the first half, centre-back Andy Butler was up from the back for another Rovers’ corner, Coppinger’s kick found his head but he could not angle his effort on target.
Youngster Mitchell Lund had the final effort but his right-footed power bolt was just wide of Neal’s left-hand post.
Half Time: Bury Football Club 0-0 Doncaster Rovers Football Club
With the rain inevitably coming down in Lancashire, it took until the 58th minute for the first chance of the second period and it should have been the opener, Andy Williams raced through unchallenged but he somehow managed to sky the ball over the crossbar.
Two minutes later Bury saw the ball land at the feet of O’Sullivan who had already troubled the Rovers’ defence. However, this time he decided to shoot from 20-yards, his left-footed strike seemed destined to find Stuckmann’s top left corner but somehow, he managed to get his right hand to the ball to push it around the post.
It was the Shakers who managed to take the lead, with a real hammer blow to Doncaster.
It was O’Sullivan once again who caused Rovers trouble as his out-swinging cross beautifully picked out the well-placed Leon Clarke, who blasted a right-footed effort past the helpless Stuckmann.
Ferguson’s men tried everything they could to get back on level terms late into the game, but it was too late.
Full Time: Bury 1 - 0 Doncaster Rovers
Highlights from the game: Click here to watch the highlights of Bury 1 - 0 Doncaster, 9th April 2016.
Referee: Saturday's referee is Andy Haines
So far this season, David has taken charge of 13 games – showing 39 yellow cards and 1 red card, which was shown to Chesterfield’s Scott Wiseman in their game against Notts County.
His last league game was on Saturday 21st October when he took charge of the EFL Sky Bet League One game between Wigan Athletic and Blackpool at Bloomfield Road. It was an eventful 3-1 win to the visitors, with 4 yellow cards being shown to the Latics and one shown to Blackpool.
We’ve met before: Saturday’s game is the 62nd meeting between the two sides. The Shakers have won 31 games, whilst Doncaster Rovers have won 18, with the sides drawing on 12 occasions.
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