Friday, 22 March 2013

Cherries can't be complacent against Bury

After Tuesday night 2:0 home win by Bury FC against Stevenage the Shakers moved off of the bottom of League One. It was a big win for Bury having lost previous four home games and there is a feeling in the club that things might be turning for them.

Bury are six points from safety with a worse goal difference than Oldham, who have a game in hand on them, and they are five points behind Scunthorpe. The task facing Bury manager Kevin Blackwell is huge, but they have a reasonable run-in with fixtures against Scunthorpe, Hartlepool and Oldham, and if they steal some points against the Cherries the chance of an escape for them would be well and truly on.

Schumacher, no not either of the racing drivers! Steven Schumacher, is Bury's captain and the top goal scorer with 10 in all competitions and 8 in the league, but the midfielder's accuracy from the spot was tested on Tuesday night when he missed a first half penalty. He admitted that he usually blasts his penalties but chose to place this one. Hopefully, Ryan Allsop will have been taking notes.

Bishop and Fagan are most likely to start up front for the Shakers and while neither have been prolific in front of goal this season there is always the heading power of Sodge to contend with so the Cherries are advised to keep free kicks and corners to a minimum. However, Efe Sodge has only been declared 50:50 to make the game. Stephan Zubar was of course recently at Bury on loan but would probably not have been allowed to face his old team mates anyway, even before he was ruled out for the rest of the season with his cruciate ligament knee injury.

I suspect another tight contest with the Cherries still rather goal shy even though they have been better at the back in keeping a couple of clean sheets in their last two games. Some will see this as a home banker but Bury are fighting for their lives and having won last time out they are in determined mood. 

The Cherries need to keep those clean sheets going and start to find more goal power if they are to improve their position in the league. I am hoping that AFCB can score early on before the home crowd can get a chance to get nervy. Scoring first has been the marker for most of the Cherries wins and it's important that they come out straight away with the intent to take the game to Bury. There's no more room for complacency now.

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