It’s been a good week for the Shakers as Ryan Lowe and Jay O’Shea were respectively named Manager of the Month and Player of the Month for January.
The boss was delighted with the award but was quick to praise his colleagues and the players themselves: “Obviously it’s nice to be recognised for the work we’ve been doing. It’s the second time so I’m sure my kids will be happy with another trophy (laughs), but I think a lot of credit has got to go to my staff and my players as without them it wouldn’t be possible. It just shows the work we’re doing and the style of football we’re playing.”
Midfield maestro Jay O’Shea was also happy with his award, but was quick to look at the bigger picture: “These awards are nice, but what we set out at the start of the season was to get promoted so these [individual awards] will mean nothing if we don’t go up, so hopefully we can all hit the main goal together.”
Looking towards the game on Saturday, Ryan Lowe doesn’t think his side can take too much from the victory over Morecambe earlier in the season: “You can’t look into it from what we’ve done earlier in the season, and what they did. They’ll probably have four or five new players and we’ve got some in our set-up, so we won’t look at it like that, we’ll look at it that it’s another tough game.”
This sentiment was shared by O’Shea, who reiterated the point to the club’s website: “I don’t think you can look into past results, we’ll take this game as we’ve taken all the games this year. We’ll be doing our homework on them and trying to work out a way we can beat them on Saturday.”
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Last Time Out
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Anthony Backhouse will officiate Bury’s trip to the Globe Arena, it will be his twenty-ninth game of the season which has seen him brandish a total of seventy-nine yellow cards and five reds.
Saturday will be his third Bury game this season after previously overseeing the 4-0 home win against Grimsby Town and the 3-2 win at home to Fleetwood Town. Backhouse has also taken charge of a Morecambe game as they lost 2-1 while hosting Stoke City U21’s.
On only one occasion has he failed to produce a single card, that was in the previously mentioned game where Bury were 4-0 victors against Grimsby Town. He handed out seven yellow cards when Accrington drew 2-2 with Lincoln, and two reds in a single match when Bradford fell to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Sunderland.
We’ve Met Before
Saturday is the eighteenth time the sides will meet, with both level on seven wins apiece. There have also been three draws between the teams.
Bury have had a better record of late, winning the last two meetings, including that 3-2 victory at the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane at the start of September (video above). This gives Ryan Lowe and his side the chance of completing another league double in this campaign.
Bury sit second in the Sky Bet League Two form guide from the last six games, going undefeated on the road as they secured four wins and two draws. They have further given evidence of the fact they are the best attacking team in the league, as no one can match the fourteen scored in the last six outings.
In contrast, Saturday’s hosts are 23rd in the same table, not winning a game in their last six matches (winless in 7 in total), drawing four times and losing on two occasions. Jim Bentley’s side have a negative goal difference after scoring just four goals, letting seven in at the wrong end.