Bury will travel the short distance to Ewood Park on Monday evening for their first League game there since May 1980.
Both sides will be hoping for all 3 points, but for very different reasons. For Bury, a win would be a huge step towards securing their League One status for another season; for Rovers, a victory would see them leapfrog Wigan and Shrewsbury Town so sit atop the table.
Manager Ryan Lowe knows the game won’t be easy, but also knows what his side are capable of: “Blackburn are a very good team. They’re up there for a reason, they’ve got very good players and we’ll respect that but ultimately we’re going there to upset the party. We’re going there to potentially get 3 points. We’ll go there with a game plan, but we’ve got a battle on our hands first because they’ve got some quality players. If you win your individual battles you never know where it’ll take you”.
The Shakers were victorious at Ewood Park earlier on in the season, as Harry Bunn’s goal was enough to secure a 1-0 win in the CheckaTrade Trophy group stage.
The League One game between the two sides at the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane finished with a win for Rovers, but Lowe has promised it won’t be as easy for them this time around: “Tony Mowbray’s a well knowledgeable fella, he’s a great Manager and I’m sure he’s not going to underestimate what we’ve been doing of late. Regardless of the run we’ve been on, they’ll respect us and we’ll respect them. Ultimately, we’re both fighting for 3 points. It’s been a good run of late and we want to continue that because for us to get out of this mess we’ve got to continue that.
We’ve got to get points on the board, as many points as we can possibly get, so they’ll be expecting – and they’ll see – a very different Bury side to what they faced last time”.
A large number of Bury fans are expected to descend on Ewood Park to give the Shakers their vocal backing, and defender Peter Clarke is full of praise for them: “The fans have been top drawer – they were when I was here previously. That’s testament to them, it’s been tough but the fact that they’ve stuck with the team, with the players, with the Manager, is brilliant”.
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Last Time Out
Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary of Monday’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.
Monday’s referee is John Busby. This will be John’s 35th game in charge this season. In his previous 34 games, he has issued 87 yellow cards and 4 red ones. His last game in charge was on Tuesday 13th February at Colchester United, as they beat Coventry City 2-1. No cards were issued during that match.
We’ve Met Before
Monday’s game will be the 83rd meeting between the sides in all competitions. The Shakers have 32 wins, Blackburn have 35, with 15 draws.