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Match Preview: Bury vs Charlton Athletic

12 January 2018

Bury will host Charlton Athletic on Saturday hoping for a repeat of last season’s result.

Although results haven’t been going the way of Chris Lucketti’s side, performances overall have improved and chances in the opposition box are on the increase.  The problem that remains are the individual errors which cost us in each game, something the Shakers’ boss is keen to eradicate: “It’s a repeating story, if I’m honest, with the goals we concede – they’re incredible.  If you tried to concede the goals that we’re conceding at the moment, I don’t think you could.  It’s not good enough – we’re talking senior, seasoned pro’s that are making mistakes week-in, week-out, and that’s not just the ones tonight (Fleetwood); it’s the one’s before, and everybody’s had a go.  I’ve given everybody the opportunity but when you concede goals like that – there’s no way you should be having to score 4 goals to win a game of football”.

One major positive is the increase in the number of chances being created at the other end.  Against Fleetwood Town on Tuesday evening we scored twice and 3 others were only denied by the frame of the goal.  Forward Harry Bunn, who was on the scoresheet against the Cod Army with a superb individual strike, knows that the team has to do better when the chances come “All the attacking players will hold their hands up, myself included, we’ve got to be better.  We’ve got to keep going, we’ve got to stick together and as long as the chances keep coming then eventually they’re going to turn into goals”.

Lucketti may decide to make more changes to his side for the visit of the Addicks.  Eoghan O’Connell left Tuesday’s match on a stretcher and a number of players missed the game due to being cup-tied.  Youngster Ryan Cooney may have given the Shakers’ boss something to think about following his performance midweek, and Tsun Dai, who scored his first goal in a Bury shirt after coming on at half-time, may also be knocking on the Manager’s door.

Charlton Athletic’s View

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Last Time Out

Match Coverage

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.


Saturday’s referee is Michael Salisbury.
This will be Michael’s 24th game in charge this season.  In his previous 23 games, he has issued 53 yellow cards and 2 red cards.  He last officiated on Saturday 6th January in the game between Northampton Town and Southend United at Sixfields.  The Cobblers won by 3 goals to 1 and just one yellow card was shown.

We’ve Met Before

Saturday’s game will be the 38th meeting between the sides in all competitions.  The Shakers have won 16 of those, Charlton 11 and the remaining 10 games have finished all square.

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