DESERVED LOSS

Bury deserved to get beaten in the match against Carlisle United according to the Bury manager Kevin Blackwell. Blackwell saw his team miss a number of crucial opportunities only for Carlisle United to take advantage in the latter stages. As a result of this defeat, the club remained in the relegation zone going into the New Year. Bury did not have the opportunity to get out of relegation zone at the start of 2013 because they had left themselves with too much to do in the league table, but the manager would have been hoping to at least close the gap.

One of the positive aspects for Blackwell is the fact that his team created a lot of opportunities. Bury also had 60% of the possession, which is extremely painful for the manager. Bury came into the match on the back of a poor run of form, which has seen them slip into the relegation zone. They have not won a single match since the start of December, and the form that they showed in November has well and truly disappeared. This has put the manager Blackwell under intense pressure, while he has also been worried by the poor financial situation at the club.

“When you concede goals like that and miss chances when you have had 60% of the game you get what you deserve and we got nothing because of that. We dominated the second half and it beggars belief the goals we conceded. We should have won the game, but we have dominated at most places and haven’t got the players in the two boxes, it’s as simple as that. Carlisle will accept they rode their luck towards the end, and it’s the same situation time and time again,” said Blackwell. The manager has also said that his squad has been jaded in recent weeks.

BLACKWELL PROUD

The Bury manager Kevin Blackwell has said that he is extremely proud of his players despite them only managing a 2-2 draw with Bournemouth during the weekend. However, when considering the overall status of the season, Blackwell said that it has been an incredible performance by the players. The club were without a win in the league until 23rd October, but since the 2-1 win over Hartlepool United, they have been defeated only once in the league. This incredible run of form has seen them move to the 21th position in the table – just a few points before opening a significant advantage between them and the relegation threatened teams.

Bury are coming into the weekend on the back of a good run of form which included a victory against Scunthorpe United in the midweek action. They looked on course to another victory after taking the lead after just 14 min through Hewitt. However, Bournemouth equalised through Grabban in the second half, but Worall’s goal late in the match appeared to have secured another three points for the club only for Pitman to equalise in the final minute of the match. Despite this late equaliser, Blackwell has said that he is extremely proud of his players and their performance.

β€œThat was a great advert for League One football – it really was. What a corking game it was. I’m so proud of the players. We’ve got a lot of young lads in there and so it’s currently a learning curve for a lot of them, but if they give me that kind of effort from here on in we won’t go far wrong. We proved again that we are a good side. We knew it was a big game for us,” said Blackwell. The club will be facing matches against Southend and Preston.

BURY HOPE FOR BETTER LUCK

The Bury manager Kevin Blackwell has said that he is hoping that the bad luck for the club in the first few matches of the season has finally come to an end after they claimed the first win of the season against Hartlepool United this weekend. It was a crucial match for Bury given that they both are extremely close to each other at the table. Both clubs have been looking to get away from the relegation zone. Bury have been extremely poor in the first few matches of the season and were still searching for their first victory.

It came in the form of the 2-1 home victory over the bottom club of the League One. Speaking after the match, Blackwell said that he could not be more satisfied with the performance of his team and he hopes that the luck of the club will finally change following this result. Bury were rock bottom of the table prior to this match. However, this victory now lifts them up into the penultimate position. The club will be facing Walsall next weekend – a match that could turn out to be another victory for the team according to Blackwell. Walsall come into the fixture on the back of poor form.

“Maybe that’s a little change of luck, but the players have earned that change of luck. Anyone who has seen us play lately has said ‘this isn’t a bad side’. David Worrall’s shot [for the second Bury goal] went in off the post. Up until this point, it’s been going out off the post. It was a big night and hopefully one or two things have turned. I know we’ve been very close [to a win] since I’ve been here,” said Blackwell after the match, which brought the first victory in 14 attempts for the club.

BISHOP MOVES ON

The Bury caretaker manager Peter Shirtliff has revealed that he had no other option but to let Bishop leave on a loan move to Wrexham. Andy Bishop is one of the quality strikers at the club. However, he has been suffering a huge dent in confidence in recent months after he has failed to score even a single goal in the last 21 appearances for the club. As a result, the caretaker manager Peter Shirtliff was left with no option but to send the player out on loan in order to help him regain his confidence. The 29-year-old will be hoping to rediscover his scoring touch.

Bury have made a poor start to the new season in the League One. They are currently without a win after having played five matches. Their latest defeat came in the hands of Preston, who ran out 2-1 winners. Now, the club has taken only two points from these five matches and it has put them just one place above the bottom club in the League One, Scunthorpe United. They have only two points on the board, but the caretaker manager Peter Shirtliff reckons that the club can climb up the table if they find some form.

“He came to see me and told me his confidence was shot. He said he needed to go away, get a change of scenery and hopefully that would spark him back to form. I thought it was a good opportunity for him to play at a lower level, maybe get some goals and maybe get some confidence back. I think it was a good move for both parties,” said the manager after sending the 29 year old Andy Bishop to Wrexham on the last day of the summer transfer window, while the club brought in some crucial players.

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BURY NOT INTERESTED IN TAKEOVER

League One club Bury have confirmed that they will not be interested in any kind of investment coming in from Scottish club Rangers. It has been rumoured in the last couple of days that League One club Bury could be set for a takeover by the consortium that led to the successful bid for Scottish club Rangers. It is very much expected that Rangers could be relegated from the Scottish Premier league after falling into administration last season. However, the club are looking at the possibility of playing in the League One next season by taking over Bury.

They, however, are not looking at the possibility of playing at the home ground of Bury. Hence, all the League One fixtures will be played at Ibrox. It has infuriated the board members at Bury, who have categorically denied any involvement in the deal. Scottish giants Celtic and Rangers have often been interested in playing in England and the English leagues due to the financial riches on offer. A way for Rangers could be finally opened in this way, but Bury, who are located just outside Manchester, have denied any deal with the club located 320 km away in the north of Britain.

“Whilst investment in Bury Football Club is always welcome, any offer of investment will only be viewed at taking the club forward in its only one guise possible – based in the town of Bury, and as Bury Football Club. Bury FC is a proud, historical club and as such proudly represents the town, community, people and, above all, supporters of Bury. The directors of Bury FC place the integrity and morality of the club, and football as a whole, way above and beyond any possible financial gain and as such wish to reassure all Shakers fans of this fact,” said statement on the official website of Bury.

TIME TO BUILD

Bury captain Steven Schumacher has said that the club should be looking at the possibility of building on their success this season. The club returned to the League one after a gap of nine years in the lower divisions. They have had a promising first season after finishing in the 14th position in the table. Steven Schumacher has been an integral part of the club this season. He managed to prevent them from getting into relegation trouble except for one time during the entire season. At one stage, Bury looked like getting into the relegation dogfight. Bury were without a win in 13 matches during this stage of the season, but they managed to pull themselves clear before things could turn any worse.

They have finished the season with 56 points on the board, which has given them a comfortable 13 point cushion over the relegation zone. Schumacher has said that the club does not want to be content with the 14th place finish in the table, but they want to challenge for the play-offs next season. Schumacher recently signed a new contract, which has only brought more stability to the club, as they look forward to getting into the Championship after a long gap.

“It’s step one for us, next year is step two and we need to build on it. We need to push on because if you just stand still and accept what you’ve done this year is good enough then it’ll catch up with us. It’s going to be a big summer for us. The management and the board have got to go and get some players in that are going to help us again next year. Overall, the highlight of the season is staying safe and doing it pretty comfortably really,” said Schumacher.

BURY FINALLY GET THEIR WIN

Bury managed to put behind their disappointing defeat at the hands of Tranmere by winning 2-1 against struggling Walsall.

Bury came into the match after having been defeated by Tranmere in the previous League match. Bury needed to win this match in order to have any chance of being in touch with the play-off positions. They achieved this exactly with a hard fought win over Walsall. Bury took the lead through an own goal from Sadler in the 20th minute. However, Walsall came back with a vengeance in the 39th minute when they equalised through Paterson.

It sparked wild celebrations amongst Walsall players and they were happy punished by the swift response by Bury. Immediately after the restart, Bury went down the other end to secure the goal, which proved to be the winner in the end. Sweeney scored the goal, which handed Bury all three points in the crucial fixture. This kept Bury only four points behind the final play-off positions. Stevenage are currently occupying this position and they will be facing intense competition over the next few weeks from the likes of Bury, who remain capable contender for this position. The likes of Huddersfield and MK dons, though, seem a bit too far for Bury to catch any time soon.

“It certainly wasn’t one of our best performances but if you look at the bigger picture, six points out of nine over Christmas, we’d have taken that. As much as it wasn’t a vintage performance, within 24 hours we’ll have forgotten about it and enjoy looking at the league table. It’s more important bearing in mind we’re not playing for two weeks as it would have been a long two weeks had we been looking at 16th or 17th,” Bury manager Richie Barker told BBC Radio after the match.