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Bury captain Craig Jones fires off warning to Bristol Rovers
BRISTOL Rovers be warned, Bury captain Craig Jones and his team-mates are preparing to take out their frustrations on their fellow relegation strugglers at the JD Stadium on Saturday.
Bury’s road jinx continued this week as matches at Torquay United and Mansfield Town were called off due to waterlogged pitches.
The bad weather has played havoc with the Shakers’ league programme, with their last four scheduled away matches postponed.
And with David Flitcroft’s side in good form of late, losing just one of their last seven matches, captain Craig Jones admits to wondering what might have been.
“It’s obviously very frustrating,” said the 26-year-old winger.
“We feel like we have been playing well and just want to get on a run so we can start putting some points on the board.”
Jones admits that he and his team-mates had highlighted Saturday’s scheduled match at Torquay United and Tuesday’s game at Mansfield as must-win.
“The opportunity was there to make our move up the table,” he added. “So in a way that makes it all the more frustrating.
“The lads were really up for both matches and are now hoping to take out those frustrations on Bristol Rovers.”
While Bury’s players have been kicking their heels, the majority of their closest rivals have been picking up points, which has seen them drop from 17th to 21st in the League Two table.
But despite being 15 points outside the play-offs, the Shakers captain believes manager Flitcroft has assembled a squad good enough to bridge that gap.
“That’s our aim, we just need to start the ball rolling by putting back-to-back wins together,” said Jones, with one eye on Bristol Rovers and the other on Tuesday’s rearranged match at Accrington Stanley.
“We want to win every game from now to the end of the season and I believe we have a squad capable of doing that, or at least putting in a really strong finish.”
While Jones was careful not to set a target of promotion this season, there is clearly still a feeling within the dressing room that that is not out of reach.
“When I look at the players who are around me, I am really proud to lead the team out, it’s a great feeling,” he added.
“I would say that most, if not all, of the players in the current squad should be playing at a higher level and I hope we can all make progress up the leagues together.
“That’s what the manager would like to do and I feel we have the quality in our ranks to do that.”
Bury will be boosted further for Saturday’s visit of Bristol Rovers, with winger Danny Mayor returning from suspension and striker Daniel Nardiello fit to start following a hamstring strain.