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We need to repay fans' support, says Bury boss Kevin Blackwell
KEVIN Blackwell believes the time has come for his players to start repaying the fans after another big away following went home empty-handed from Fleetwood last Saturday.
Five of Bury’s last six matches have been away from home, and they have consistently clocked up some of the largest numbers of travelling support in League Two.
They took 997 supporters to the Fylde coast last Saturday – the division’s second biggest away following – and a League Two-best 2,150 to local rivals Rochdale the previous weekend.
That followed the 869 who went to Norwich for the Capital One Cup tie, and 511 who made the trip to Burton Albion on August 24.
Bury now return to Gigg Lane this weekend for the visit of Southend, and, after failing to win any of their away matches, Blackwell says it is payback time.
“I think the numbers we have seen travelling to support this team shows what a good club this is, I am just disappointed we haven’t been able to get the results the fans deserve,” said the Shakers manager.
“I have to say that the supporters can’t give us anything more. It is time we started to repay them for their support.”
Bury go into Saturday’s game at home to Phil Brown’s Southend on the back of four defeats in their last five matches.
Their only victory in that run came in their last home match – a 4-1 win against Cheltenham.
Despite their poor run of results, Blackwell believes fans have stayed on board because the team has been playing better than the performances suggest.
“I don’t think you will hear too many complaining about the performances we have given, what we have to do now is turn them into results,” he said.
Southend go into the match 15th in the table, just two places above Bury, and on the back of four defeats.
“They had a good season last year and have pretty much the same players, barring Ryan Cresswell, but they have struggled so far,” said Blackwell. “It just shows you that results are hard to come by.”
Blackwell confirmed keeper Rob Lainton has fractured his shoulder and will be out for at least another five weeks, but reported no further knocks.
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