Bury and Southend will face each other on Tuesday evening in what promises to be an entertaining game.
Both sides have had similar seasons; neither had the best of starts, but after changing their respective Managers, they have started to pick up points at the right time.
Chris Powell replaced Phil Brown at Southend with the Shrimpers in 20th place and 1 point above the drop zone, but they have won all 3 games since Powell took charge, including a 3-1 home win over league leaders Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
Ryan Lowe took charge with the Shakers cut adrift at the foot of the table, but his charges are right back in it after 2 wins and 2 draws from the last 4 games, and the Bury supporters have fresh optimism.
The Shakers have been much improved since the legendary forward took the reins, and it’s something that has been a gradual process: “It just doesn’t happen overnight. We’ve been working on it now probably for a month or so. That’s what we’ve got to do, we’ve got to be solid, we can’t be easy targets, we can’t be easy to get beat, albeit as I’ve said before, some teams will think that we’re an easy rollover – we’re not.”
This will be Bury’s fourth match in the space of just 10 days, and the Gaffer explained the process used to help the players – “You always want games coming thick and fast. We’re ready to go into a cryo-chamber again now, the Club are paying to make sure we go and do the right things, so they’ll be in a freezing cold machine – minus 140 degrees – in the next half hour when we leave the ground. We’ve got to do things properly, and recover properly, and the lads are doing that, but we’ve got fresh legs available if needed.”
Defender Nathan Cameron, who made his 200th League appearance in Saturday’s draw at Bradford, thinks with the current form, the games are coming at the right time: “Yeah, 100%. I think we’ve got momentum now, especially with scoring so late. It gave us a massive lift and if we can pick up points on the road and win our home games then I think we’re gonna have a great chance.”
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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 Martin Coy.
This will be Martin’s 25th game in charge this season. In his previous 24 games, he has issued 49 yellow cards and 3 red ones. His last game in charge was Plymouth’s 2-1 victory at Oldham on 27th January. 7 yellow cards were issued during that match.
We’ve Met Before
Tuesday’s game will be the 46th meeting between the sides in all competitions. The Shakers have 11 wins compared to Southend’s 20, with 14 draws.