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Match Preview: Bury vs Crawley Town

1 February 2019

Bury and Crawley will go head-to-head at the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane on Saturday, as the Shakers look to continue their excellent form.

Ryan Lowe knows it will be another test for his side: "Every game is tough, Crawley will have their own style of play, the way they want to come and affect, but again we have to worry about us and respect them."

While speaking to the club website, the Manager also reflected on the game earlier in the season away at Crawley: "We didn't play the best football down there early on and we are aware of that, the lads are aware of that, and since then, I think the lads have kicked on massively from that result."

New signing Jordan Rossiter, who joined from Rangers on loan until the end of the season, was chomping at the bit to get started with the Shakers: "I'm here to help the team as much as I can. If I'm called upon by the Gaffer, I'm ready to slot in wherever he wants me and give my all for the club."

The 21 year old midfielder also touched upon his previous experience of playing with former Liverpool captain and current Rangers boss Steven Gerrard: "I've trained with him quite a bit when I was training with the first team at Melwood and he was brilliant with me. I learnt so much from him as a player and I've definitely improved as a player having him as a manager."

 

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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.

Referee

Tomorrow's game sees Neil Hair officiate his twenty-first match of the season, previously producing a total of sixty-one yellow cards and four reds.

It will be Hair's first Bury game of the season, but he will be completing the Crawley hat-trick as he has previously taken charge of their 3-1 home win over Yeovil Town, and 2-1 away loss to Cambridge United.
Out of all his previous games, the only time the official hasn't brandished a single card was when Lincoln City drew 2-2 at home to Carlisle United.

Blackpool's 1-0 win at Plymouth saw Neil Hair give Donervon Daniels and Marc Bola their marching orders as he handed out a total of two yellow cards and the two red cards mentioned in the same game.

We've Met Before

The Shakers have faced off against the Red Devils on four separate occasions, however the Shakers have failed to get anything from Saturday's visitors as Crawley have claimed all four wins, the first coming back in 2011.

The sides have played two games at The Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane, and two at the People's Pension Stadium. Both games at Bury have seen Crawley run away 2-0 winners, while the Shakers have suffered 3-2 defeats on both trips to Gabriele Cioffi's side.

Form Guide

The last eight matches in Sky Bet League Two rank the Shakers in second place, picking up seventeen points in the form of five wins and two draws, suffering just the one loss. In their last six matches, the Shakers are unbeaten, not losing since Boxing Day.

Former striker Ryan Lowe has seen his side notch sixteen goals in this time, an average of two goals a game.

Crawley Town sit thirteenth in the table, winning three games and drawing one for their ten points, while suffering four defeats. Cioffi has seen his side lose three from their last four outings and will be keen to improve that record as his side have the chance to do the double over high-flying Bury, something that hasn't happened to the Shakers so far this season.

The Red Devils have only conceded six goals in their last eight games, something you may well expect to change as they travel to the best home side in the league, but also the best offensive team statistically.


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