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Match Preview: Bury vs Portsmouth

26 February 2019

We take a look ahead to our Checkatrade Trophy Semi-Final with Portsmouth this evening.

Ryan Lowe is looking forward to the tie but knows how tough Tuesday will be, “Very excited, obviously you don’t want to get too carried away because we’ve got a good team and a good club in Portsmouth standing in the way of a potential final, we know that. We’ll respect them, give them the respect they deserve, but ultimately, it’s about us and what we do. So, I’m excited and looking forward to it, but again, it’s another game, and it’s another tough game, but hopefully, we can put something out there on show that hopefully gets us through.”

The Gaffer also spoke to the club about being close to his first honour as a Manager, “It would feel great, but I can’t take anything for granted, because like I said, there’s a good club and team standing in our way, it’s a tough test for us, we know that but again it’s one we’re relishing, if you can get there and get honours as a manager then great, but I’m not looking past Portsmouth.”

A very happy Dom Telford spoke to iFollow on Monday, “It’s exciting, everyone is looking forward to it tomorrow. Especially with the form we’re in at the minute, we’re confident. There’s not much more you can say other than we’re ninety minutes from Wembley, it’s massive, it’s a massive game, but yeah we’re confident.”

Dubbed ‘Mr.Checkatrade’ after his goalscoring exploits in the competition, the Checkatrade Trophy top scorer can’t wait for the Semi-Final later today, “I look forward to these games like I do any game. It’s a great competition, and it’s a good opportunity for anyone playing in it to get their tally up. I’ve just found a bit of form in it, and I’m enjoying playing in the tournament.”

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Last Time Out

Match Coverage

Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary of Tuesday's game by signing into their account and visiting the match centre. The game will also be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Football from 19:30.

Overseas subscribers can’t watch the match live with the match being broadcast live on Sky Sports.

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. 


Ros Joyce will be in charge of his thirty-fifth game on Tuesday, having produced a total of one-hundred-twenty-four yellow cards along with three reds.

He has overseen two Bury games this season, both were victories, the 4-1 win at Macclesfield and 2-0 home win against Exeter City. Joyce has also been in charge of a Portsmouth game this season as they were 2-1 victors at Bloomfield Road.

When Lincoln lost 2-1 at home to Mansfield, the Official produced eight yellow cards and one red. Joyce produced similar numbers as Bradford lost at home to Coventry 4-2, and Chorley’s FA Cup 2-2 draw with Doncaster saw seven yellow cards and one red in both games. Barnsley’s 4-0 win against Oxford and Burton’s 2-1 home defeat to Charlton saw Joyce opt against brandishing a card. 

We’ve Met Before

The Shakers boast a positive record against their League One opponents. In thirty-three previous meetings, they have been victorious on thirteen occasions, whereas Portsmouth are sitting on twelve wins. The remaining eight games have ended all square.

Form Guide

Ryan Lowe’s side have had an impressive Checkatrade Trophy so far, winning five games, losing one on the opening fixture of the group stage. In the six games, Bury have managed to rack up an impressive sixteen goals, conceding eight, on their way to three League One team scalps. Whilst also beating Premier League u21 opposition in the second game of the group stage. 

Portsmouth, under the leadership of Kenny Jackett, have won all six of their previous games in the competition so far, scoring three less than the Shakers with thirteen, but only conceding three. North-London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal’s under 21 sides have lost to Pompey in the competition.

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