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The match preview – Bury

31 January 2014

It’s a big game at Gigg Lane on Saturday as the Blues travel to Bury (k.o. 3pm).


Gareth Ainsworth’s men have performed well in recent weeks without getting the results, leaving them in 21st place on 29 points.
The fixture presents the Chairboys with a chance to move four points clear of the Shakers, who sit 22nd, and close the gap on mid-table.

Eight players have come in during a hectic month off the field for Bury, but it hasn’t been quite so busy on the field, having not played since the 0-0 draw at home to Burton Albion in mid-January due to postponements.

Ainsworth speaking to Chairboys Player

“It’s a big game, but they are all big now. We need to start picking points up, there’s no two ways about it.

“We are in the 20 positions and that’s not a nice place to be. Back-to-back wins and you can shoot up the table, it’s that close in this league.

“They’ve got a new manager in David Flitcroft, who I know very well and he’s a good friend of mine too. I know what he’s about – they’ll be energy and good football.”

Flitcroft speaking to Shakers Player

“I know the manager really well and he optimised everything what a team player is about. He’s a great guy and if you’re playing for him, you can only be inspired by him.

“This group is getting fitter, more switched on and more focused. I was quite apprehensive in the first month because of the imbalance of the team, but I’m looking forward to games now.”

Team news
Paris Cowan-Hall could return after missing three games with a knee medial ligament injury, but the match will come too soon for Jon-Paul Pittman and Dean Morgan. 

Charles Dunne and Tommy Fletcher remain longer-term absentees.
As for the hosts, new signings Andrew Tutte and Clive Platt are all set to make their Shakers’ debuts, but Danny Mayor will be miss out through suspension.

Odds

Bury 11/10

Draw 23/10
Wycombe 12/5
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