Back again. Let’s keep it¬†brisk this week: we’re awesome.¬†It’s fine to admit it.

The slight snag today in our continued quest for League One domination is that Bury are pretty bloody good too.

So, what do we need to know in order to sort them out? My thoughts and ill-considered musings below.

How are they getting on?

Their form chart will make attractive reading for their fans at the moment. Just the one defeat¬†in¬†eight league games, three wins on the¬†spin, and they haven’t lost in five games. With four draws so far this season it leaves them in 6th place on 13 points, three points behind us. They’re also joint top scorers in the league with¬†a little known team called Coventry “that’s right, bitch” City.

On a ever so brief¬†serious note, we’re not just going to stroll in and inhale victory. If we’re going to beat them it’s going to take a¬†strong performance and a large portion¬†of elbow grease.

Who could cause us trouble?

They’re¬†pretty much us, two years ago. It’s oddly unsettling. Especially given how well many of those former players are now performing.

The exception to that transformation is Leon Clarke who has always been good, and we’re¬†all fully aware of his abilities. It’s no surprise that he’s still¬†scoring – with three for the campaign to date,¬†R√©da and Martin will have to keep their eyes on him.

Also claiming spots in the squad¬†and hoping to inflict the¬†random, albeit annoyingly¬†regular¬†“former club syndrome” pain upon us are Nathan Cameron, Peter Clarke, Reece Brown, Danny Pugh and¬†Chris Hussey.

Of that group, Cameron is a threat from set pieces and scored in their last game, while Chris Hussey is showcasing some of the ability in attacking areas that led many fans to appreciate his potential qualities. We have to assume however that he remains giant dickhead.

Sky Blues team news

Hey team – pick yourself.

We won in the last game, showed¬†a relentless desire to attack, and really should have scored ten. We only managed the one in the end but the sentiment remains: we played well and it’s unlikely¬†we’re going to change unless Tone is suitably concerned with the issues Bury can pose.

The only¬†adaptation may be how we deploy the system.¬†While there was a very fluid front four in the last home page against Chesterfield, our tendency away from home is to revert to the lone striker with the three attackers¬†lining up behind him. They will mix around to keep the dynamic fresh,¬†but I’d imagine¬†that’s the most¬†likely play.

Possible starting line up vs Bury – 26/09/15

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There’s a mix of predictions this week. The overriding opinion is that it will be a tough match, but¬†we¬†can’t help but acknowledge our own qualities. If we perform to our standards¬†we can take this one. Naturally Joey once again employs the same¬†reverse psychology which served us well last week, so take that to mean a win.

In conclusion. Don’t worry about it. We’re not worried about it. I wouldn’t worry about.

Neil: Bury 1 Р1 Coventry

Joey: Bury 4 – 0 Coventry

Paul: Bury 0 Р1 Coventry

So, what are you thinking? Share your prediction below:

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  1. Just a slight question. As an English teacher I was wondering whether “our tendency away from home is to revert to the loan striker with the three attackers lining up behind him” refers to the fact that Armstrong is from Newcastle, or it indicates that your spelling is just crap? p.s. I’ve already voted so you can heap all the abuse on me you want now.

  2. Think you my want to change Bury FC’s shield in your blog – the clue is in the name, we are not Bury Town, different club.

    1. Cheers for alerting me, Ian. These widgets are automated based on a download of football league badges I use so there’s been a balls up somewhere by whoever compiled that, but I’ve sorted and appreciate you letting me know. I don’t like looking like a tit.

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