Elsewhere, Chris Maguire – fully fit and raring to go - almost came off the bench at Rotherham, but with Nathan seemingly struggling at one point, the coaching staff held back the change in case of any potential injury.
Another plus for the Manager, the introduction of Michael Smith and Mihai Dobre also changed the shape and the attacking prowess of the team, they looked and felt a lot sharper with them both involved.
Again, we saw signs of an improvement at Rotherham, the fact that two goals were scored was positive. Lee Clark will have identified areas that brought improvement and areas that must be worked on, of which there is no doubt, it’s more than likely already been done.
Fleetwood Town seems to be a team that improves on a season by season basis, and thus far have shown no sign of deviating off that track. Under Uwe Rosler, the Cod Army have again started their season well and will be keen to improve on their finish last season. After flirting with the playoffs last season, they will be keen on going one step better for this season.
Whilst nothing is won or lost in the opening months of a new season, there is a huge wave of disappointment surrounding the club, from the Manager’s office down to every fan that watches. Lee Clark knows that - he wants that improvement and the sooner it comes – the better – for everyone.
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Last time out: Fleetwood Town 0 Bury 0 – 26 December 2016
Bury finally ended a 12-game losing streak in League One with a goalless draw at Fleetwood.
A swirling wind on the Lancashire coast made life tricky for both sides in the opening 45 minutes but the Shakers adapted better to the conditions and piled pressure on their play-off chasing hosts.
Towering forward Tom Pope was their most potent threat, his back-post header in stoppage time the closest either side went to breaking the deadlock before the break.
Fleetwood boss Uwe Rosler made two half-time changes and Ash Hunter nearly made an immediate impact after being set up on the edge of the box but his shot sliced across the face and wide.
Bury remained a danger and Pope almost dealt a blow to Fleetwood on the hour but took a heavy touch with the goal at his mercy.
George Miller then forced a fingertip save from Alex Cairns and Fleetwood launched a fast break from the loose ball which ended with Chris Long blazing over.
The hosts ended the stronger and Victor Nirennold forced a save late on from Hunter's cross but his header lacked the power to test Rob Lainton.
Lainton was beaten soon after when George Glendon lifted a free-kick over the wall but the woodwork denied the midfielder what would have been a winner.
Referee: The referee this evening is Mr Darren England.
So far this season, Darren has taken charge of 6 games and has shown 21 yellow cards and one red card. His last game was on Sat 26 August when he took charge of the Championship game between Middlesbrough and Preston North End at the Riverside Stadium. The game finished 0-0 and three yellow cards were shown.
Darren’s last game involving the Shakers was on 4 February this year when he took charge of the EFL Sky Bet League One game at the Greenhous Meadow with Shrewsbury. Salop won the game 2-1 and three yellow cards were shown.
Quick Betting Tip: Bury are 3/1 to win the game whist Fleetwood are 19/20. A draw is on offer at 12/5
Top Ten Tips for the game
- Bury to win 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 – 4/1
- Harry Bunn first goal of the game and a 1-0 Bury win – 50/1
- Jermaine Beckford first goal of the game and a 2-0 Bury win – 80/1
- Bury to win by exactly two goals – 14/1
- Bury to win and both teams to score – 7/1
- Correct Score only – Fleetwood Town 1 Bury 2 – 12/1
- 1st Goal – Beckford – 11/2
- Last goal – Smith – 8/1
- To Score a hat trick – Jermaine Beckford – 80/1
- To score in 90 minutes – Ryan Lowe – 11/4
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We’ve Met Before: This evening’s game at Highbury Stadium is only the seventh meeting between the two clubs.
For the record, Fleetwood Town has won three of the previous six games, with the other three games finishing all square. Bury have scored six goals against Fleetwood, with the Cod Army scoring ten