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Tope Obadeyi bids to make Gigg impact
FORMER Bolton and Rochdale striker Temitope Obadeyi accepts he probably has not done enough to force his way into Bury’s first team for their trip to Spotland on Saturday.
But the 23-year-old forward believes his performance in the Shakers’ cruel Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat at Port Vale on Tuesday could at least earn him a place on the bench.
He played a big part in Chris Sedgwick’s goal in the 2-1 loss at Vale Park, showing great persistence to rob full-back Liam Chilvers before putting the ball in the danger area.
It is that determination young “Tope” hopes will see him succeed at Gigg Lane under the guidance of manager Kevin Blackwell.
“I have got to wait for my opportunity but, hopefully, I have done enough to show I can do a job,” said the young attacker, who spent a year in the Portuguese top tier after leaving Wanderers.
“We know we have a big squad.
“The gaffer says we have got the quality and he’s said we will all get an opportunity to keep our shirts.
“Those who did play against Port Vale did okay, even though we didn’t do anything out of the ordinary.
“We did ourselves justice so hopefully we’ll get a chance on Saturday, even if it is from the bench.”
Obadeyi spent a year on loan at Rochdale during his time at Bolton, playing against Bury in front of the Sky cameras.
So he knows just what the match means to both sets of fans.
“I know the manager, Keith Hill, very well,” he said. “I played at Gigg Lane before for them when I was on loan and I think it will be a good game.
“It’s a massive local derby for both teams. We have to go into the game with a positive attitude.”
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