Bury will travel to the Northern Commercials Stadium at Valley Parade on Saturday to face a managerless Bradford City side, following their dismissal of Stuart McCall earlier in the week.
The Bantams currently occupy 6th place in Sky Bet League One, and will be looking to bounce back following recent results. 6 consecutive defeats have seen the Yorkshire side lose ground on the automatic promotion places, but Shakers boss Ryan Lowe won’t be taking them lightly: “It’s always tough. They’ve got great fans who will get behind them. They’re going through a difficult time at the moment but we’ll respect what they are, respect what type of players they’ve got, respect the Club; but ultimately, it’s a game that we’re wanting to go and win. It’s 11 v 11 – may the best team win”.
The Shakers are currently enjoying a good run of form, after 2 wins and a draw in the last 3 games. Victories against Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium in the last away outing, and at home against AFC Wimbledon sandwiched a home draw against Blackpool as Lowe’s side backed up his promise that they wouldn’t give up their Sky Bet League One status without a fight.
Winger Danny Mayor was full of praise for the new management team: “As soon as Lowey and Schuey took over they said we’re just gonna make it about us, we’re just gonna concentrate on us, show what we can do and express ourselves and I think you can see it on the pitch. We’ve got very good individuals but we’re starting to work as a team now. Since Kiddo’s come in he’s been working on our shape a lot more, started working on midfield and defence and I think it’s been fruitful. We’re conceding less and going forward we’ve been a lot better”.
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Last Time Out
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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.
Saturday’s referee is Sebastian Stockbridge.
This will be Sebastian’s 30th game in charge this season. In his previous 29 games, he has issued 92 yellow cards and 5 red ones. His last game in charge was Morecambe’s home defeat against Mansfield on 27th January, where he issued 4 yellow cards during the match.
We’ve Met Before
Saturday’s game will be the 79th meeting between the sides in all competitions. The Shakers have 25 wins compared to Bradford’s 28, with 25 draws.