Short Trip To Gigg Lane
Fixture| Bury vs Blackpool
Date| 31 October 2015
Venue| Gigg Lane
Blackpool make the short trip to Bury this weekend, brimming with confidence after avoiding defeat in their last six matches and going from strength to strength.
Last weekend’s victory over Crewe Alexandra dragged The Seasiders above the dotted line and means they’ve now conceded just one goal in their last five league matches.
Saturday will be another stern text for that record, with Bury sitting level on points with the play-offs, but their recent form will give Pool hope.
After a formidable September, The Shakers have faltered in October and will be grateful for a new month after going the last four games without a win.
Bradford City and Shrewsbury Town have taken maximum points from David Flitcroft’s side in their last two games, and the two fixtures that came before provided just two points.
Despite that, they know victory on Saturday will see them move into the top six, providing either Wigan Athletic or Sheffield United drop points.
The contest will provide Peter Clarke and Jacob Mellis with an opportunity to face the side they represented last season, with both enjoying regular football at Gigg Lane.
McDonald welcomes back Martin Paterson for the trip to Greater Manchester, after the striker recovered from a hamstring problem.
Other than Lloyd Jones, McDonald has a fully-fit squad to select from and will have some decisions to make before kick-off.
As for Bury, Stoke goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann is set for his debut on loan at Bury, and he could be joined by the returning Lee Erwin and Ryan Lowe.
Captain Nathan Cameron will be touch and go for the hosts, but Craig Jones, Danny Push, Daniel Nardiello, Kelvin Etuhu, Andrew Tutte and Rob Lainton remain out.
McDonald: “Bury have been up there this season, they’ve faltered over the last couple of games but will be ready to go again at home, so we need to concentrate 100 percent on getting a good result.”
Flitcroft: “Neil (McDonald) has concentrated on the training field and that’s where you get your results. It’s going to be a tough test, they’re in-form. I can’t wait for the game and the players are of the same mind-set.”
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Reaction will be available on the official website post-match, as well as on YouTube, PlayerHD and social media.