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MATCHDAY: Bury 0 Coventry City 2
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- Bury 0
- Coventry City 1 (L Clarke 3, C Baker 73)
Bury 0 Coventry 2
90+2 - SUB - Conor Tomas on for Steven Jennings
86 - SUB - Carl Fagan on for Nicky Ajose, John Fleck on for Gary McSheffrey
83 - Ajose looked to have pulled one back for Bury after sliding a bobbling effort past Murphy, but Richard Wood was able to get back and slide the ball clear on the line.
78 - SUB - Seb Carole on for Tom Soares
74 - SUB - Franck Moussa on for Stephen Elliott
73 - GOAL - Bury 0 Coventry 2 - Carl Baker sold the whole Bury defence a dummy, feinting to shoot with his right on the edge of the box rifling a left foot shot into the bottom corner.
69 - Schumacher just can't get over the ball after volleying Eastham's knockdown from a Skaz corner over the bar.
67 - Craig Jones has the ball in the net, but is flagged for offside
65 - Bishop's looping header just clips the Coventry crossbar after the striker rose highest to get on the end of an Ajose cross from the left.
No surprise Regan has been hauled off. He was being given a real run-around by McSheffrey. Worrall is filling in at right-back now.
61 - SUB - Craig Jones on for Carl Regan
Bury are holding on here by the skin of their teeth. McSheffrey and Clarke just combined again on the right and very nearly snuck through before Schumacher brought McSheffrey down on the byline.
58 - Clarke headed the resulting free-kick over.
54 - Carson stands up well to a close-range McSheffrey shot, pulling off a fantastic block.
55 - He then bats away a Carke effort that looked to be looping into the Bury net.
51 - Ajose just fails to control a first-time ball into the box by Regan, nodding the bouncing ball towards goal but without the necessary pace to loop it over Murphy.
49 - James Bailey gets off a low stinging shot from 30 yards that Carson gathers at the second attempt.
46 - Great saving tackle from Stephane Zubar to deny Elliott a shot at goal.
Coventry get the second half underway with no changes for either side...
Bury 0 Coventry 1
45+1 – Ajose works himself a shooting chance on the edge of the box but Murphy gets down well to gather it.
43 - Tom Soares goes down expecting a penalty after flicking the ball into the box, but no dice from the referee.
44 - Andy Bishop looked to have missed a golden chance in the box after miscontrolling the ball with the goal at his mercy, but he eventually gets a shot off, only to see it bobble the wrong side of the post.
Schumacher and Eastham are now doubling up on Leon Clarke to some effect, at least from goal kicks, when the Bury captain is backing into the Coventry forward to stop him from jumping.
32 - Schumacher threads a first-time through ball from the right touchline that Ajose just fails to connect with before Murphy hoofs it clear.
29 - Bury a caught napping by a quick free-kick, which McSheffrey drills towards the top corner from the left channel but Carson scrambles to tip over.
27 - BOOKED - Gary McSheffrey sees yellow for a foul on Worrall.
26 - Elliott wriggles inside before getting a shot off that Carson gets down low to smother.
25 - Great one touch interchange between Worrall and Bishop to find right-back Carl Regan unmarked, but he is just off-side.
23 - Steven Schumacher tries to find the top corner with a curling shot across goal that is easy for Murphy.
22 - Carl Baker hits the resulting free-kick straight at Carson, who gathers it at the second attempt.
21 - BOOKED - Joe Skarz is shown a yellow for a deliberate handball
20 - Worrall shoots an audacious attempt well wide after a Bury corner is worked out to kim 30-yards from goal.
12 - Worrall is coming into the game more now, recovering a hopeful ball down the left before clipping it over a defender and volleying it from a tight angle straight at Coventry keeper Joe Murphy.
Ajose followed that up with a skewed right-footed shot that sliced the wrong side of the post.
10 - Zac Thompson has Bury's first shot on goal, latching on the the loose ball and crashing it goalwards after good work from David Worrall, but his volley was always rising.
Bury certainly need to go for it now, but they can't get hold of the ball in midfield and the strong running of Elliott and Clarke up front is giving the defence real problems.
6 - Stephen Elliott also has joy down the left channel making an identical run into the box before firing a low shot against the post. James Bailey then curls the rebound towards the top corner but Joe Skarz gets back to head it off the line.
3 - Bury 0 COVENTRY 1 - Leon Clarke gets the wrong side of Ashley Eastham after a slip from the Bury centre-back and powers into the box before slotting under Trevor Carson
Bury have started 4-4-2, with Ajose and Bishop up front. Blackwell's got to go for it I suppose, with Scunthorpe and Shrewsbury picking up valuable wins of late.
Bury get the game underway...
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Big game today atmosphere at Gigg today, with a healthy following from Coventry.
Not the 5,000+ crowd the Bury board will have hoped for, but certainly got a good buzz about the place.
Hopefully Bury can repeat the kind of performance that saw them power Doncaster Rovers aside recently, rather than their off-key display at home to Sheffield United on Tuesday.
Kevin Blackwell makes one change from the side that lost 2-0 at home to Sheffield United on Tuesday, with attacking midfielder David Worrall making his first start since recovering from a thigh strain.
He replaces Ethan Ebanks-Landell in the starting line-up, who drops to the bench.
Captain Steven Schumacher will presumably drop back into a holding role in midfield, with Worrall either playing just behind lone striker Andy Bishop, or out wide, with Nicky Ajose taking up a more central role.
One other option is that the Bury boss could be willing to revert to a straight 4-4-2 formation, allowing Ajose to join Bishop up front.
For the first time this year, Blackwell is able to name a full bench following the signing of 30-year-old former Bradford striker Craig Fagan, who has been named as a substitute.
There is no place, however, for 18-year-old Jonson Clarke-Harris, who joined on loan from Peterborough, yesterday, until the end of the season.
BURY: Carson; Regan, Eastham, Zubar, Skarz; Schumacher, Thompson; Soares, Worrall, Ajose; Bishop.
Subs: C Jones, Carrington, Healy, Belford, Fagan, Ebanks-Landell, Carole.
COVENTRY: Murphy, Christie, Wood, Cameron, Dickinson; Baker, Bailey, Jennings, McSheffrey; Elliott, L Clarke.
Subs: J Clarke, Tomas. Fleck, Barton, Dunn, Edjenguele, Mouss