The Shakers entertain Micky Mellon’s Tranmere Rovers this Saturday, as both sides target the valuable three points in the battle for promotion to Sky Bet League One.
If the Shakers were to come away with all three points, then they could move into the automatic promotion places, leapfrogging Colchester United, depending on how they fair at MK Dons. A victory for Tranmere would see them jump back into the play-off places, overtaking Bury by a point.
The Gaffer was feeling positive despite last week's loss to Oldham, drawing confidence from the fact that negative results have been blips in what has been a brilliant season so far: “In terms of bad games I think the last one was Crawley, which was very bad. A couple of the lads got took off at half-time there and have never looked back, Jay O’Shea was taken off there and hasn’t looked back since.
“As I’ve said all along, it’s not going to be pretty all the way. There are teams out there that’ll want to come and take points off you, and fight and go to war with you for points. As long as it doesn’t happen too many times, then we’ll be ok.”
Danny Mayor stressed that the lads can’t be complacent despite an unbeaten run at home in Sky Bet League Two: “They’re a good team. I don’t think we look too much into that [Home and Away records] we just look at how they play. They’re a good team we aren’t going to take it lightly. Hopefully, we can make it another statistic on Saturday.”
The winger also looked ahead to a busy festive period for the Shakers, where they are in action four times in just eleven days: “As a player, you just take it game by game… It’s more chance of getting more points on the board, hopefully, we can get four wins out of four.”
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Last Time Out
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.
Andy Haines has been appointed as the referee for the fixture on Saturday, for his twenty-first match of the season. In the previous twenty games, he has officiated, Haines has distributed a total of sixty-seven yellow cards and three reds.
This will be the first Bury game of the season for Haines, and his second fixture featuring Tranmere. One of the three red cards brandished came in the Tranmere Rovers vs Lincoln City tie, where Tranmere’s James Norwood saw red!
We’ve Met Before
Saturday will see the sides meet for the sixty-eighth time. The Shakers have come out on top in twenty-eight of the previous sixty-seven games. Tranmere have been victorious twenty-two times with the sides drawing on seventeen occasions.
The first meeting was in 1938 where Tranmere were 3-0 winners. The most recent encounter will be memorable to all Shakers fans as they were 1-0 victors at Prenton Park, with Tom Soares’ goal clinching automatic promotion to League One on the last day of the season, in front of a sell-out travelling support of 2,300.
The last six league games see Bury second, behind Mansfield Town by just the one point. Ryan Lowe and his side have racked up thirteen points in this period and are the only Sky Bet League Two side to have a positive goal difference in double digits, with plus ten!
The table doesn’t read as well for Tranmere as they sit sixteenth, claiming seven points from a possible eighteen. They also have a negative goal difference, conceding two more than they have scored, in their last six fixtures in the league.