Bury have been extremely poor away from home and this is one of the reasons for the club slipping close to the relegation zone in recent weeks. The run of three consecutive away matches has ended in a defeat, which has led to manager Kevin Blackwell saying that he is very much looking forward to the first home match after several weeks. The last away win Bury came back in February of this year, which says a lot about the form of the club away from Gigg Lane. They will be taking on Southend United at home this weekend and it is a game that manager Blackwell is targeting three points from.

Southend United are currently in the mid-table, and they will definitely post a stronger test for the club despite the home form for Bury. Blackwell has said that one of the main reasons for the poor form of the club has been the way the fixtures have panned out in recent weeks. Five out of the last six matches for the club have ended in defeat and they were away from home. Blackwell has said that it is very important that the players do not stop working hard after the 2-1 defeat at the hands of Fleetwood last weekend.

“It’s nice to come home. Five out of the last six games have been away so it’s been a long time on the road. I don’t understand the league fixtures sometimes, the way they are. It can’t be right that you have got two and three games away from home all in one go at the beginning of the season. That obviously affects you because it is hard enough to win games without having been on the road all the time, where decisions that can go against you could go for you at home,” said Blackwell.