Friday, 26 August 2011

Bury Away

The staff at Bury may well have winced upon looking at the fixture list before the season kicked off. Being matched up against Huddersfield, Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton in the first five matches might not have been ideal, but they have come through two of those three challenges very very well.

The 1-1 draw with Huddersfield on the opening day of the season was a surprise to many. They followed up that result by losing 2-0 to Carlisle and the Huddersfield result was looking like a bit of a fluke. Since then however Bury have beaten both Sheffield Wednesdsay and Wycombe and find themselves in 6th position.

Results so far must send us a warning that we are not to take this team lightly. Bury have played some decent football along the way and have caught out teams expecting them to be a push over. The Addicks will have to be very disciplined if they are to pick up a positive result.

There haven't been two meetings between the two clubs in recent years and we last met in our play-off winning season. Both matches ended in 0-0 draws with Bury having future Addicks legend Dean Kiely playing in goal. Kiely made 137 appearances for Bury before his switch to The Valley in 1999.

Powell will have to think very carefully about his selection for this game. The Addicks are unbeaten this season and with the excellent performances in the Carling Cup game against Reading, Powell will have to weigh up whether there are players who could add a bit more to the Charlton first XI. Danny Green might be an obvious inclusion as although Wagstaff has done well, his last couple of games have not been up to the standard of his opening two fixtures.

The team was disappointed to drop two points against Scunthorpe after taking a two-goal lead, and it was clear the team were not firing on all cylinders. If we can raise our game back to the level of the win at Colchester, we have every chance of coming away from Gigg Lane with three points. If not, we could become another scalp for the Shakers.

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