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Preview: Bury v MK Dons

What a difference a win brings! What a difference a performance brings!

29 September 2017

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…

MK Dons View:  Click here to visit the Official MK Dons Website

Last time out: Tue 14 Feb 2017 – Bury 0 MK Dons 0
Bury earned another point in their battle for League One survival as they drew 0-0 at home to MK Dons. There was only one shot on target in a fairly even first half, and although mid-table Dons went closest to winning it after the break, neither side did enough to merit the three points.

That meant fourth-bottom Bury, who have the league's worst defensive record, registered back-to-back clean sheets for the first time since April but still slipped two points from safety. Chuks Aneke curled an early effort wide for Dons before Cameron Burgess headed over for Bury

Dons replied with Harvey Barnes testing Joe Murphy while Ben Tilney curled a free-kick just wide. Bury's George Miller replaced the injured James Vaughan at half-time and moments after the restart the youngster had a shot from a tight angle saved.

Strike partner Tom Pope then headed over while Aneke fired straight at Murphy. Andrew Tutte's half-volley stung the hands of Dons keeper David Martin but the visitors should have broken the deadlock as Stuart O'Keefe side-footed over from a Barnes cut-back.

Murphy then pulled off a smart save to turn over Tilney's close-range strike and ensure the game ended goalless.

Lee Clark ahead of the game:  Watch the gaffer’s YouTube Teaser video ahead of the game. 


The full video is available to iFollow Subscribers by clicking here.  To upgrade to iFollow, for complete interviews, extended match highlights or to even watch the entire 90 minutes again, plus video interviews with the players and full match commentary – or a complete live video stream of the game (if you live outside of the UK), click here

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

  1. Bury to win 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 –9/4
  2. Michael Smith first goal of the game and a 3-0 Bury win – 95/1
  3. Alex Whitmore first goal of the game and a 2-0 Bury win – 260/1
  4. Bury to win by exactly two goals – 13/2
  5. Bury to win and both teams to score – 4/1
  6. Correct Score only – Bury 3 MK Dons 0 - 22/1
  7. 1st Goal – Beckford – 9/2
  8. Last goal – Maguire – 6/1
  9. To Score a hat-trick – Jermaine Beckford – 66/1
  10. To score in 90 minutes – Greg Leigh (on his birthday) – 16/1

Click here for plenty of markets available on Saturdays game

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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Your visit to the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane:  Click here for our ‘first-time visitor guide’.

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