Whether it’s at the clubs Carrington Training Ground or at the Stadium itself, whether you’re on the pitch or kicking a ball or at the club ironing tablecloths – it makes a difference. There’s a spring in everyone’s step.
Injuries are still bothering the manager though, though after watching the game on Tuesday – not by much. The loss of Nathan Cameron and Joe Murphy is a blow to the gaffer, though neither will be out of action for too long – maybe three to four weeks at the most.
Leonardo Fasan has proved to be a more than adequate replacement for Joe Murphy and has continued to show the same levels as we all expect from Joe. His heroics to keep the clean sheet on Tuesday evening were noted by his manager.
Alex Whitmore, on the other hand, pulled off one tackle and challenge that summed up the entire performance. With an Oxford player through on goal and the clean sheet looking very unlikely, young Alex timed his run, slide and tackle to perfection. It brought probably the best reaction of the night from the fans, a stunning challenge perfectly executed.
Eoghan O’Connell and Andrew Tutte are both in full training with the first team. They could make the bench on Saturday, but will more than likely make a stronger side for the Checkatrade Trophy game at Blackburn on Tuesday evening.
A repeat of the performance on Tuesday will make it a perfect week for the Shakers, and could possibly see seven points collected from a possible nine. There are no signs of complacency from the lads, Lee Clark wouldn’t allow that anyway and the lads know that nothing has been achieved yet.
That gelling process is not over. Jermaine Beckford was keen to stress that there is more to come, that they are not at 110% yet – more is expected.
MK Dons come to Bury expecting a result. They may find themselves coming at entirely the wrong time with a buoyant set of players itching to get the game underway, get it started and continue the good work they laid down on Tuesday.
Consistency and momentum is key to the plan, and both are wanted. Saturday's game is a test. Can they do it again, can the lads perform to a high level for the second time in a week.
We will find out tomorrow…
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Referee: Saturdays referee is Mr Michael Salisbury
So far this season, Michael has taken charge of 7 games – showing 13 yellow cards whilst his red card has remained firmly in his pocket with none shown thus far.
His last game was on Tuesday evening when he took charge of the EFL Sky Bet League Two game between Carlisle United and Stevenage at Brunton Park. Stevenage won the game 2-0 and four yellow cards were shown.
This game is Michael’s first visit to the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane as match referee, it is also his first ever game involving the Shakers.
Quick Betting Tip: Bury are 7/5 to win the game whilst MK Dons are 19/10. A draw is on offer at 12/5
Top Ten Tips for the game
- Bury to win 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 –9/4
- Michael Smith first goal of the game and a 3-0 Bury win – 95/1
- Alex Whitmore first goal of the game and a 2-0 Bury win – 260/1
- Bury to win by exactly two goals – 13/2
- Bury to win and both teams to score – 4/1
- Correct Score only – Bury 3 MK Dons 0 - 22/1
- 1st Goal – Beckford – 9/2
- Last goal – Maguire – 6/1
- To Score a hat-trick – Jermaine Beckford – 66/1
- To score in 90 minutes – Greg Leigh (on his birthday) – 16/1
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We’ve met before: Saturday’s game is the 15th such meeting between the two sides. The Shakers have won four games, whilst MK Dons have the lion’s share of victories with eight victories. The remaining two games have finished all square
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