Local rivals Bury and Rochdale will lock horns on Tuesday evening with both teams seeking a vital three points in the battle to beat the drop.
Ryan Lowe’s side will feel aggrieved after coming away from Friday’s clash at Bristol Rovers with nothing, following the award of a disputed penalty decision late on at the Memorial Stadium.
The Shakers had worked hard throughout and deserved to get something out of the game, something they looked likely to do until referee Lee Collins pointed to the spot in the 85th minute.
First Team Coach Steven Schumacher spoke to the press after the game as the Shakers boss brought himself on late in the game in an attempt to rescue a point, and he told us about the desire within the dressing room to get a result against Rochdale: “We want to win the game, we want to get maximum points especially with it being a derby game. Ryan’s told the team we’re not going down without a fight. Everyone’s telling us ‘you’re playing well, your performances are alright’ – but it’s not good enough. We need points.”
Midfielder Neil Danns says the team won’t be giving up: “We have to keep believing because there’s still points to play for. We’ve got to keep believing, that’s the main thing."
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Last Time Out
Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary of Tuesday’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.
Tuesday’s referee is Geoff Eltringham. This will be Geoff’s 31st game in charge this season. In his previous 30 games, he has issued 113 yellow cards and 2 red ones. His last game in charge was at Elland Road on Friday, as hosts Leeds United defeated Bolton Wanderers 2-1. A total of 4 yellow cards were shown in that match.
We’ve Met Before
Tuesday’s game will be the 68th meeting between the sides in all competitions. The Shakers have 26 wins to Rochdale’s 20, with 21 draws.