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Match preview: Bury vs Portsmouth

27 April 2018

The Shakers will enter the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane for the final time of the 2017/18 season on Saturday, as they entertain Portsmouth.

They will be encouraged by 2 well-earned draws away at Doncaster Rovers and Shrewsbury Town, where they came from 2-0 and 1-0 down respectively to gain their first points on the road since drawing with Bradford on 13th February.

One constant that has remained throughout what can only be described as a turbulent season for Bury is the loyalty of the supporters.

Despite the obvious frustration, they have stuck with the team home and away, and Ryan Lowe wants the players to give them a positive performance in the final home game: “Yeah that’s what I wanna do and that’s gonna be the aim to the player and to my staff – we want to finish on a bit of a high.  We went a lot of games losing and I think the last 2 results and performances have been a bit more of us, a bit more of me and what I want from the players.  We’ve been working hard all week to do that, we’ll work hard again today (Thursday) and tomorrow to put a plan in place to potentially win, but also to play some attacking style of football that we know we can play”.

George Miller, who plays his last home game before returning to his parent club Middlesbrough, is grateful for the support he’s received from the supporters “Yeah it’s brilliant to be fair, because when it’s not going well they could quite easily have a go at me and say I’m not this and I’m not that, but literally 99.9% of them have been cheering me on and been behind us.  That gives you an extra boost on the pitch to be fair and makes you want to work hard and want to come in every day to please them – I’m buzzing with them and really happy that I’m one of them!’

Portsmouth’s View

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Last Time Out

Match Coverage

Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary of Saturday’s game by signing into their account and visiting the match centre.

Overseas subscribers can watch the match live by following the same instructions. We will also have updates over on our Twitter account: @buryfcofficial. There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow.

Referee

Saturday’s referee is Andy Haines. This will be Andy’s 32nd game in charge this season. In his previous 31 games, he has issued 94 yellow cards and 6 red ones.  His last game in charge was at The AESSeal New York Stadium on 21st April, as hosts Rotherham United beat visitors Bristol Rovers 2-0.  Just 1 yellow card was shown in that match.

We’ve Met Before

Saturday’s game will be the 33rd meeting between the sides in all competitions. Of the previous 32, Bury and Portsmouth share 12 wins each, with 8 games being drawn.


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