Bury will ring the changes from Tuesday night’s thrashing in the Checkatrade Trophy. Lee Clark changed all eleven players on Tuesday and only one player came away with praise from the Manager.
It’s fairly safe to say that Mihai, or Alex Dobre, will start the game at The Valley on Saturday after his performance during the 4-0 home defeat by Rochdale. Lee Clark could also be considering a recall from a player that was to be shown the door with Neil Danns suddenly back in the frame for a first team call-up.
The performance from the mercurial midfielder brought food for thought from the Manager following Tuesday’s game. ‘He’s given me something to think about’ said Clark following the game.
A visit to Charlton will be far too early for the likes of Eoghan O’Connell, Jay O’Shea, Andrew Tutte or Craig Jones. Whilst O’Connell and O’Shea are back in training following their respective knee problems, a lack of match fitness may see them play in a series of behind-closed-door games before they are considered ready.
Tutte & Jones, although still under the supervision of the Shakers’ medical team, may be at least a month away from being considered ready. Add Danny Mayor to the equation and it becomes at least two months before he’s ready to go. We may see Stephen Dawson back and fit before we see Danny Mayor on the pitch again.
Another player that will return to the side is Jermaine Beckford. Jermaine was one of many first-team regulars that kicked every ball and headed every ball whilst sat in the Main Stand on Tuesday evening. They know how much that result and performance hurt supporters.
There is a strong resolve to put right the wrongs from the lads and the management staff. All know how damaging Tuesday evening was, all are showing that resolve to get onto the pitch on Saturday and put in the shift needed to put it right.
Last season, this was Lee Clark’s second game in charge. A 2-1 win at Chesterfield had lifted the spirits before Bury visited the Valley. Ryan Lowe’s 21st-minute goal claimed all three points and things started to look a little brighter.
Something similar on Saturday would make things look brighter…
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Last time out: Charlton Athletic 0 Bury 1 – Sat 25 Feb 2017
Ryan Lowe scored a first-half winner as Bury's survival hopes received another major boost with victory at Charlton. The victory was Bury's third in their last four games and saw them put further daylight between themselves and the League One drop zone.
The Addicks thought they had grabbed a seventh-minute lead, only for Patrick Bauer to see his strike cancelled out for a foul on Leon Barnett. Stephy Mavididi flashed a low drive just wide as the hosts continued to press, but it was Bury who broke the deadlock in the 21st minute after Charlton failed three times to clear their lines before Lowe converted from 10 yards.
Lee Novak came agonisingly close to restoring parity with a header which cannoned back off the crossbar and the striker was denied again moments later by the quick-thinking of Joe Murphy. Barnett cleared the danger from Mavididi's deflected shot, while Charlton keeper Declan Rudd had to be alert to push behind Hallam Hope's volley at the other end.
An unmarked Novak really should have done much better with his header after getting on the end of an inviting Ricky Holmes cross as Charlton continued to push for an equaliser. Bury were a threat going forward as well though, and Greg Leigh produced a decent save from Rudd before Jacob Mellis blazed over from the rebound.
Tony Watt's 87th-minute curler tested Murphy but Charlton could not find an equaliser and Bury almost added a second deep into stoppage time when George Miller's shot was somehow kept out by Rudd.
Referee: Saturday’s referee is Mr Dean Whitestone from Northamptonshire
So far this season, Dean has taken charge of 9 games – showing 23 yellow cards and one red card. His single red card came during his last game – a 4-1 victory for Portsmouth against Fleetwood Town last weekend.
Dean’s last involvement in a Bury game was on Sat 19 November 2016 when he took charge of the Shaker's visit to the Cherry Red Records Stadium for a League One game with AFC Wimbledon, three yellow cards were shown in that game.
Quick Betting Tip: Bury are 16/5 to win the game whilst Charlton Athletic are 3/4. A draw is on offer at 29/10
Top Ten Tips for the game:
- Bury to win 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 – 14/1
- Jermaine Beckford first goal of the game and a 1-0 Bury win – 50/1
- Michael Smith first goal of the game and a 2-1 Bury win – 66/1
- Bury to win by exactly two goals – 14/1
- Bury to win and both teams to score – 6/1
- Correct Score only – Charlton Athletic 1 Bury 2 12/1
- First goal – Beckford – 6/1
- Last goal – Maguire – 8/1
- To score a hat-trick – Jermaine Beckford – 2/1
- To score in 90 minutes – Nathan Cameron – 14/1
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